Momentum Health Center uses thousands of years of proven Chinese medicine and today’s most advanced research to help heal and maintain the health of our patients.
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Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Dr. Lindy Camardella, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she earned a B.S. in Economics. Entering the business world, she was left wanting more and to have an influence on individual and community health. She changed gears from the world of finance and economics in search of a way to help others return to health and to prevent long-term disease. Her and her husband’s health have been positively impacted by acupuncture and herbal medicine. His Reactive Arthritis from food poisoning was completely cured and her recurrent bronchitis infections are no longer an issue. Graduating with high honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2011 after rigorous training consisting of 2625 hours of class, 900 hours in clinic, and passing her national boards (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), she had the best education the field of Chinese Medicine has to offer. She continued further to earn her doctorate in 2018.
Her commitment to community both on the local and national level has continued to be of great importance. Patients in her clinic are treated like family and friends and she loves both dearly. She is very involved in advocating for her profession. She joined her state association as a student in 2008 and has continued to progress to the point of president of the Illinois Society of Acupuncturists. She was elected to the board of ILSA in 2013, Treasurer in 2014, Vice-President 2015-2017, and president 2018-current.
Serving the national level, she has been one of two state delegates in the American Society of Acupuncturists. From this group, she has been the chair of the Public Education Committee from 2013-2020.
Family is still a priority despite other involvements and is grateful for the endless love and support from her husband, John, and two daughters Peyton and Marley, and son Zach She loves spending quality time together with family and traveling when able prior to Covid.
Her hope is to increase education about integrative medicine and expand access. A couple examples of this are working to expand insurance Medicaid coverage in Illinois for acupuncture and starting an online company, Integrate Medicine, which allows you to purchase home kits and/or watch videos on integrative medicine.
NBC News with Brian Williams:
Acupuncture. Does it work?
Acupuncture: Twice as Effective and Safer
Arlington-Prospect Advice Givers Podcast
Lindy Camardella was featured on the Arlington-Prospect Advice Givers podcast series where she shares her story and the successes she has had personally and professionally with acupuncture. Click podcast to listen to Lindy tell her story.
Opioid Solution 2016
American Society of Acupuncturists
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Oriental medicine on The Empowerment Show
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Acupuncture: Frequently Asked Questions
What type of services do we offer?
We offer treatment and/or consultation with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Eastern nutritional counseling and Asian body therapy (Shiatsu, Thai massage, Tui Na).
Is Chinese medicine safe?
When practiced by a trained professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. Because the treatment does not involve the use of drugs, patients do not have to worry about adverse side effects. However, there are certain conditions you should notify your practitioner about before undergoing treatment, such as hemophilia or if you have a pacemaker. A thorough patient intake is performed during the first visit in order to determine any concerns.
What should I expect during my first visit?
All new patients are asked to complete a patient information form and health history found online. This questionnaire will include questions about your medical history, your family’s medical history, and your lifestyle. It is a good idea to bring with you any copies of previous tests, lab results and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. The physical exam can include taking vital signs as well as detailed examination of the pulse and tongue, abdominal palpation and facial diagnosis.
When your we arrive at a working diagnosis, we will place you in a comfortable position to insert the needles. After the needles are inserted, you will relax in the treatment room for 10 to 30 minutes. We will then return and take out the needles. After the treatment is over, we may prescribe Chinese herbal medicines if they would be helpful to you.
What is acupuncture? Does it hurt?
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. Some points will have a minimal sensation but others may have a warm, tingling, radiating sensation.
How many needles are inserted?
Ten to twenty needles may be inserted, although more or less is not uncommon.
How long are the appointments?
Initial treatments last approximately 90 minutes and following treatments last about an hour. It is important to print off paperwork from online link ahead of time or show up 20 minutes in advance to fill out the necessary paperwork to allow for a timely session.
How long will it take to get better?
Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve. Expect to have four treatments before reassessment. Many problems may require ten or more treatments before significant benefits accrue. Along the way, though, you should see an overall improvement in your health as your main complaint improves as well.
How should I prepare for my first visit?
In addition to bringing copies of any previous medical records and medications or supplements you are currently taking, we generally recommend that all patients wear loose fitting clothing and have something to eat approximately one hour before your appointment.
Do you accept insurance?
We are happy to call and check if you are covered for acupuncture. You will pay at the time of service, but we will happily submit to your insurance if you are covered. Then the reimbursement check will be sent to you.