Formerly Abingdon Acupuncture

Specializing in the Treatment of Macular Degeneration, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Neuropathies

Serving Winston-Salem and Abingdon, VA

When Seeking Solutions, Consider Acupuncture

  • Are you struggling with severe, chronic pain or chronic conditions?
  • Have you exhausted other resources or treatment options for a chronic condition?
  • Would you like to explore supplemental treatment to increase your chances of recovery?
  • Would you like to improve overall wellness and quality of life?
  • Are you willing to give acupuncture a try?

On Point for Finding Solutions

For those with chronic health conditions, Don Thompson, D.Ac., L.Ac. is the acupuncture specialist who has the training and expertise to provide complementary solutions to traditional medical care for long-term relief and improvement from chronic conditions.

Treatments Available for

Specialized Acupuncture for Chronic Conditions

If you have been seeking relief or improvement from a chronic condition and feel like you have tried everything…. acupuncture is an overlooked solution to many chronic illnesses.

Macular
Degeneration

Complications
of Diabetes
Trigeminal
Neuralgia
Peripheral
Neuropathy
Complications of
Chemo & Radiation
Infertility

Wellness Acupuncture

Improve healing, feeling and functioning by stimulating nerves and connective tissue.

Chronic Pain

General Wellness
Anxiety &
Depression

Acupuncture When All Else Fails

Meet Dr. Don Thompson

Don Thompson, D.Ac., LAc.

Dr. Don Thompson , D.Ac., L.Ac., is an acupuncturist who’s been practicing for over 20 years. He has practiced in every setting- hospitals, private practice, research, and in his own clinic. His practice has developed over the years and now he focuses on chronic illnesses that have been hard to treat by traditional path like Long COVID, macular degeneration, trigeminal neuralgia/ facial pain, TMJ and complications of diabetes including peripheral neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy. His work blends both Chinese and Western medicine concepts to create a treatment plan specific for the patient’s needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral?

No; however, if you are coming for eye diseases you must be currently under the care of an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

I use mobility aids. Can you still treat me?

Yes.

Do you travel to hospitals?
No. Hospitals require credentialing of anyone working in the hospital.
Can I travel to you?
Absolutely! Our office can help you find appropriate accommodations in the area as well as a list of restaurants and activities you might enjoy while staying in the area for treatment.
What is the training of an acupuncturist?

After 4 years of undergraduate education, an acupuncturist completes 3-4 years of post-graduate training. Courses include several hundred hours in western medicine (internal medicine, gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and psychiatry), but the primary focus is on Traditional Chinese Medicine (approximately 3400 hours) which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and lifestyle (diet, exercise, and stress reduction) management.  Following 3 years of acupuncture school, acupuncturists complete a minimum of 1 year of clinical training under the direct supervision of a Licensed Acupuncturist. At the completion of formal education, acupuncturists are required to pass a comprehensive National Board examination (NCCAOM), and complete a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education to maintain Board certification.

What is the difference between an acupuncturist, physician acupuncturist, chiropractic acupuncture, and physical therapy “dry needling?”
An acupuncturist (LAc) has 4 years (approximately 3400 hours) of formal education which includes a year long internship in making a diagnosis in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and creating a treatment plan which is specific to the patient. Acupuncture points, herbs, etc, are prescribed based on the TCM diagnosis. Additionally, acupuncturists (L.Ac.) are trained in various needling modalities which is why acupuncture treatments are very rarely uncomfortable. Medical doctors (MD’s and DO’s) take an abbreviated course of 300 hours in acupuncture in order to qualify as a medical acupuncturist; Chiropractors (DC’s) take 200 hours of training in acupuncture in order to qualify in chiropractic acupuncture. Physical therapists require 54 hours of training in “dry needling.”
How many treatments will it take?
This varies on several factors, including age, length of time a person has had the health issue, overall health, medications taken on a regular basis, diet, activity level, surgeries, etc. The L.Ac. will be able to give a better idea of length of treatment after the initial examination.
Does acupuncture hurt?
When acupuncture is performed correctly it should be painless. Some normal sensations associated with acupuncture include tingling, warmth, or pulling sensation at the site of the insertion, but no pain should be experienced. Acupuncturists have excellent training in needling skills to help minimize any discomfort normally associated with needles.
Where do the needles go?
Most needles are placed below the elbows and knees; occasionally ear points will be used as well. In the treatment for eye issues, needles are NEVER placed directly in the eye.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
More insurance companies are providing some help with acupuncture care. Call the number on the back of your insurance card to see if your insurance company (and your specific policy) covers acupuncture. We do not file insurance, but will provide you with all the necessary information to receive a reimbursement from your insurance company if that is a covered expense.

Acupuncture sits between Eastern and Western medicine and can be a compliment/companion to both. Dr. Don Thompson feels it is an overlooked solution to many chronic conditions and wants to raise understanding, awareness and use of the modality as specialized medicine.

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