Long Lake resident and new business owner Angie Weber did not expect to become a licensed acupuncturist, but now she is gearing up for the opening of her own Acupuncture Medspa, AcuHaus, on Sept. 16.
Weber was on track to become a physician assistant over two years ago; however, when she shadowed her best friend in her element as an acupuncturist, she decided it was her new career path.
“I needed to do some field work...My best friend is an acupuncturist and I asked her to let me follow her around and do some research on it. I saw so many people get results that they couldn’t get anywhere else,” Weber said.
Weber then enrolled at Northwestern Health Sciences University,where she received her Masters in Acupuncture and is currently finishing up her Doctorate. She is currently taking patients at her home until her office - located at 1611 Wayzata Blvd West, Long Lake - is ready for customers.
While studying acupuncture and completing the field training, Weber says she has seen people come in looking for relief from symptoms caused by all different types of diseases or illnesses. Back pain, neck pain, menstrual pain and headaches are the main issues they see on a day-to-day basis.
“It can be really helpful for rheumatoid arthritis and for things that there is not much else they can do. They’re on medication, but they’re still in a lot of pain...[Acupuncture] doesn’t make those diseases go away, but it can help people manage it to make life more livable,” she said.
Often times people come in because they have tried other treatment options and are still skeptical on whether acupuncture is the right path for them. This is why Weber said she offers the first visit free for new customers.
According to Weber, acupuncture has been around for over 5,000 years and originated in Chinese medicine, but says it is still fairly new to the United States.
“It actually started out with trial and error. It was kind of a folk-type medicine, your community healer. Then it progressed more and became more scientific. They have built this medicine over 5,000 years and now they can map it on an MRI. They put in the needle and can see which area of your brain lights up,” she said.
Many customers come in curious about why needles are stuck into a different area of the body where pain isn’t originating from. They also ask if the needles are reused.
“We don’t ever reuse them on people. That’s the biggest question I get. This is definitely a medicine and we take it very seriously. We have to go through a lot of clean needle classes and techniques like a medical professional,” Weber said.
AcuHaus offers multiple packages for the various needs of her customers. Her office offers a group style, which includes three chairs separated by curtains for privacy. Weber describes the style of her clinic as something similar to someone looking to get a massage. Her office will be open to walk-ins or appointments and will only have customers roll up their sleeves to the elbows and pants to the knees.
“We don’t have to use needles on people. We can use acupressure, tuning forks, cupping or ear seeds because the ear can treat the whole body as well...It’s going to be a little bit more fluid than a traditional acupuncturist,” she said.
AcuHaus will be open to customers on Sept. 16 with a grand opening celebration on Oct. 23. The celebration is open to the public.