Board certified in acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine, Ethan Fisher offers Southeast Idaho the most comprehensive training in the field of Chinese Medicine available in the United States. Having completed a four-year graduate program at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and earned a Biology degree from Idaho State University , Ethan's extensive training also includes treating patients at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health Center.
A native of Pocatello, Ethan is pleased to offer his expertise in this dynamic medicine to the residents of Southeast Idaho and beyond.
As Pocatello’s only licensed acupuncturist, Ethan Fisher, L.Ac. bases all of his patient treatment plans on the principles of traditional and modern Chinese Medical theory. Rather than treating you with a basic cookbook “put a needle where it hurts” approach, Ethan will formulate a treatment strategy that is unique to your individual health issues. The results of this style of treatment are much quicker and longer lasting when compared with other styles of acupuncture.
We provide a patient-focused, integrative approach to health care, that empowers each individual to wholly participate in determining a healing path toward achieving optimum health. Our eagerness to work with your primary heath care provider makes Stillwaters the perfect complement to Western standards of medical care rather than simply an alternative.
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Chinese herbal medicine has a long history of treating a diverse variety of common health conditions with efficacy and safety.
In order to maximize these benefits and minimize side effects or possible herb/drug interactions , the use of Chinese herbs should be guided by a professional.
We specialize in non-narcotic methods of managing pain such as headaches, chronic pain, joint pain, and back pain. We use an array of proven modalities such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and herbal medicine. Our goal is to treat and relieve your pain permanently instead of masking it with habit forming narcotics .
Simply put, Acupuncture is amazing.
Acupuncture is a time tested (over 2,000 year old) medical procedure that has benefited billions of people across the globe.
Learn how it can benefit you .
Most people barely feel a thing when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” The reason acupuncture needles don’t give the painful sensation you might expect is because they’re very, very thin in comparison to the hypodermic needles used to give injections. Hypodermic needles are necessarily hollow so that the shot can be injected. They also have a very blunt point (actually a wedge shape) in comparison to an acupuncture needle. Forty acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle.
There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild.
Acupuncture is very safe. The average liability coverage for an acupuncturist is about $600 per year, while primary care physicians pay an average of $12,000 per year. That’s a 20:1 difference. While this may not translate into exactly a 20 to 1 difference in safety, a visit to an acupuncturist is at least as safe as a visit to your doctor, if not safer.
Acupuncture needles are extremely safe, because they are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Every practitioner gets extensive training in anatomy so as to avoid accidentally inserting a needle in a place that can cause damage.
Acupuncture and herbs work whether you believe in them or not. Good results are seen in the majority of cases. When all other treatment methods have failed, this indicates a systematic imbalance – exactly what acupuncture and herbs excel at treating.
During your first office visit, we spend a lot of time getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. We examine the condition of your tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse on both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible imbalances). We’ll also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific symptoms you may have.
This is done because unlike Western medicine, we treat the whole person instead of focusing on the symptoms of your condition. The first visit can last from an hour to an hour and a half, and end with an acupuncture treatment lasting another 30-60 minutes.
Your subsequent visits will be much faster – usually an hour long. We’ll make a short review of your progress followed by an acupuncture treatment.
Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the peripheral nervous system. This stimulation leads to a response from the central nervous system ie. the brain. The brain’s response is multifaceted and may include the release of natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones.
A good example of this is the use of acupuncture to induce labor. One of the first things that Oriental medical students learn is that there are a few points that are absolutely forbidden to use with pregnant women. These points cause the release of oxytocin, which is the hormone that naturally induces labor. Studies have shown that using acupuncture to induce labor reduces the active (painful) phase of labor by an average of 3.6 hours.
In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi. Qi can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs along 12 major meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness. Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body’s system is out of whack. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose the imbalance… and balance it.
Some insurers cover acupuncture. You can usually find out by calling the number on your insurance card. We provide a “superbill” that provides all the information you need to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is a standardized form which insurers expec
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