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Arthur Makaris, Lic.Ac.,
Diplomate in Acupuncture, Nationally Board Certified
Arthur Makaris is an acupuncturist, herbalist, martial arts master and holistic health educator. His studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and east Asian philosophy began in 1973. Arthur is a 1980 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture with advanced studies in China. He is a member of the adjunct staff in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and the first acupuncturist to obtain working privileges at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont.



Diana Vachon, Lic.Ac.,
Nationally Board Certified, Licensed Acupuncturist
Diana earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business at St. Michael's College in 1988. She spent 13 years on the business side of healthcare, working in long-term care and home healthcare. Pursuing a deep desire to be on the clinical side of healthcare, she apprenticed for 5 years with Arthur Makaris developing her skills in acupuncture, and was board certified and licensed in 2008. She continues to apprentice in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.


Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is a broad title which refers to different medical practices which began development in China's prehistory and have continually evolved to the present time. These practices include:

Acupuncture and moxabustion
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into the connective tissue of the body at specific locations called acupuncture points; moxabustion is the focused heating of these points.

Chinese herbal medicine
Through continued cultural use extending for over 3000 years scholar/physicians have established an extensive body of knowledge detailing the properties of several thousand individual herbs. Herbs are combined into formulas and prescribed on an individual basis according to the same principles of physiology and pathology as acupuncture.

Acupressure or bodywork
Acupressure refers to a variety or massage like manipulative techniques at the location of acupuncture points and also within larger zones of the body.

Qigong - (the "q"is pronounced like a soft "ch", and the word is pronounced "cheegong") Qigong are meditative health exercises which combine different combinations of body movement, breathing and visualization.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is effective in treating most musculoskeletal pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and myofacial pain, headache, arthritis and post operative dental pain. In addition acupuncture is effective in treating many internal disorders including gynecological, gastrointestinal, respiratory, fatigue, chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, stroke rehabilitation, asthma and menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture can also be a useful adjunct to be included in a comprehensive management program.

How is Chinese Herbal Medicine used?
An herbal formula is a therapeutic supplement intended to restore a functional equilibrium within the individual according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Depending on the condition treated herbs can be a useful adjunct to acupuncture or may be best used alone.

How are herbs taken?
Traditionally, raw herbs are boiled in a decoction with water then drunk as a tea. Herbs are also processed to tablets, ground into powder, extracted in alcohol or refined into powder extracts. At the Acupuncture and Qigong Health Center all formats are available. What is most effective depends on your needs and lifestyle.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Acupuncture & Qigong Health Center
167 Pearl Street
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452


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