Green Envee: Plant Powered Skin Care Products

If you’ve been around the clinic lately you’ve probably noticed our new line of skin care products from Green Envee. We are proud to partner with a skin care company that shares our values that your best skin comes from within. Scroll all the way down for a special offer just for our readers!

Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of plant-powered skincare and experience the incredible benefits of modern science combined with eastern modalities.

Passion for Holistic Wellness

At Maryville Acupuncture, we firmly believe in the power of herbs and holistic practices to enhance our health and well-being. That’s why we are delighted to partner with Green Envee, a brand that shares our passion for sustainable and earth-friendly solutions. This exquisite line of skin care products is not just skin care, it’s an experience. 

The Green Envee Difference

What sets Green Envee apart from other skincare brands is its dedication to purity, transparency, and sustainability. Their commitment to using only the finest organic and sustainably harvested ingredients ensures that your skin receives the most potent, untainted goodness that nature has to offer. They call this their PURITY Promise, which starts from the seed to ensure the highest quality ingredients.  

Green Envee products are 100% vegan, gluten free, allergen friendly, and the company is Leaping Bunny Certified ensuring that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. They only produce in small, individually tested batches in the Chicago-land area. 

Green Envee also has commitment to eliminating ingredients that are potentially harmful to health or the environment. Their philosophy is “Never Risk It, Always Nix It.” No federal law has been introduced to regulate cosmetics since 1983 and over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced since then. 1300 of these have been banned in the EU, while only 11 are banned in the US. Green Envee works to ensure that no potentially harmful substances make it in their products. They also have complete lists of ingredients showing possible allergens and pregnancy safe skin care guides. 

By incorporating these products into your daily skincare routine, you can experience the following benefits:

1. Nourishment from Within: Green Envee’s formulas work in harmony with your skin, delivering essential nutrients and antioxidants that promote a healthy, radiant complexion.

2. Gentle and Effective: Say goodbye to harsh chemicals. Green Envee products are crafted with care to be gentle, yet effective, making them suitable for all skin types.

3. Eco-Friendly  Green Envee embraces sustainability at every stage of their product’s lifecycle, from using fair trade ingredients that are sustainably harvested to packaging that is biodegradable and recyclable.

4. Plant Powered: Green Envee products are the perfect mix between nature and science with potent herbs and botanicals and bioactive essential oils delivering effective skin care without harsh chemicals. 

5. Cruelty-Free: Green Envee is staunchly against animal testing, allowing you to indulge in guilt-free self-care. All of their products are vegan and the company is Leaping Bunny certified. 

Our Top Green Envee Picks

To make your exploration of Green Envee’s offerings easier, the staff at Maryville Acupuncture has handpicked a few favorites that we know you’ll adore:

Soothe Herbal Cleansing Cream

1. Soothe Herbal Cleansing Cream: This gentle, luxurious, creamy cleanser will wash away dirt, makeup, and impurities from your day without stripping your skin’s natural oils. It is packed with antioxidant rich green tea and calming chamomile to help nourish the skin barrier and balance skin’s pH.  It is best for normal, dry, or sensitive skin.

H.A. Collagen Boosting Serum

2. H.A. Collagen Boosting Serum: This light serum can be used under any moisturizer or on its own. This serum is ultra hydrating helps to boost collagen with a blend of plant peptides, powerful antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and echinacea stem cells revealing a firm, toned, and more youthful appearance. 

Nourish Replenishing Moisturizer

3. Nourish Replenishing Moisturizer: This deeply nourishing moisturizer contains Sacha Inchi and plant peptides to help energize cellular metabolism to promote healthy, firm skin while replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier leaving you with a dewy glow. 

Clear Complexion Healing Mask

4. Clear Complexion Healing Mask: We love this mask not only for its ability to detoxify skin and absorb dirt and other impurities, but for its versatility. This unique, powdered mask is mixed with water to create a paste that is applied to skin. It can also be combined with your favorite toner or even added to a ready-made mask to add some detoxifying power to your normal routine. Charcoal and probiotics mix to promote cellular turnover, reduce excess oil, refine pores, and reduce breakouts revealing a radiantly clear complexion.  

Unleash Your Natural Beauty with Green Envee

At Maryville Acupuncture we believe is supporting health in a holistic way, and that includes our largest organ, our skin! We are excited to offer this new line of products to our patients and use the within our family of cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling treatments. 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

Special for our readers:

Use discount code MARYVILLEA-10 for a 10% discount on your order over $100.

We may earn a small commission if you purchase through a link on this page.

Mask Policy Update 2022

We would like to announce that we are changing our mask policy.

We feel that, after being masked in the clinic for two years, current COVID-19 conditions, and a fully vaccinated and boosted staff, warrant a change in our policy. We are no longer requiring masks in the office. What does this mean for the clinic? 

While we are lifting our previous mask policy, masks are still available to anyone who prefers to wear one; and all of our staff and providers are more than happy to mask upon request. 

While masks will not be required we are continuing our cleaning, sanitizing, and hand washing practices and will revisit our policies as needed. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Acupuncture Needles

Acupuncture Needles
Acupuncture Needles

What are acupuncture needles?

Acupuncture needles have been used for many centuries. While the majority of acupuncture started with less modern materials, such as bones, sticks and bamboo.  

Acupuncture needles have advanced with new technology. Modern needles are fine, filiform (no hole down the middle of the shaft) needles made from surgical steel and come in sterile packs.

They range in thickness from 30 to 40 gauge, which is about the diameter of a hair (in contrast, the needle that a phlebotomist uses to draw your blood is between 18 and 22 guage, which is much much thicker).

 Acupuncture needles range in length from about 0.5 inches to 4-5 inches, but most often in the clinic we use 0.5-1.5 inches. 

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Acupuncture is generally considered to be painless by most of our patients. We understand that sensitivity can be different for everyone. The majority of people would say no and that they can’t even feel them. Though, there are many different sensations associated with acupuncture. Some people can feel the “Qi” some don’t and that’s okay.

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What do you do with your needles?

At Maryville Acupuncture, all of our needles are single use, sterile and disposed of in a sharps container. We never reuse needles. 

These needles are left in place for 20-25 minutes while you rest comfortably.

What else should I expect during a treatment?

There are additional modalities such as cupping, electro-stimulation, lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, stress management) and traditional Chinese medicinal practices that are occasionally incorporated into your treatment to give you the best benefit.

What Happens During a New Patient Acupuncture Appointment?

I’ve heard that acupuncture can help me, but what happens during an acupuncture treatment?

When you come to our office for your first visit, you’ll be greeted warmly by one of our staff. You may have some new patient paperwork to complete – we keep all digital records – and will send you an email with a link to the paperwork or if you prefer to fill out the paperwork in office we’ll hand your our office tablet to work with.

Once your paperwork is complete, your acupuncturist will escort you back to the treatment room. She’ll begin by talking to you about the reasons you’re seeking acupuncture, as well as your relevant health history. She’ll also make sure to answer any questions you have regarding acupuncture and how it can help. Once your questions have been answered, she’ll leave the room and allow you to undress – most people choose to undress as if they were to have a massage, clothes off, underwear on – and get comfortable under the sheet on the table. If you have any questions please take the time to ask, we want you to feel comfortable.

When your acupuncturist returns, she will assess you – feel your pulse, palpate your channels, gauge your muscle tension, and other assessments to complete her diagnosis. She’ll then insert very thin, fine acupuncture needles at specific points in your body to support your symptoms. Once she’s completed the first set, your acupuncturist will leave the room so you can rest for 10-15 minutes. She’ll return, do another assessment, maybe add or take away some needles, and then let you rest for 10-15 minutes more. 

After your treatment, your acupuncturist will return to remove the needles. She’ll leave the room so you can take your time getting up and getting dressed. Once you’re ready, you’ll open the door and your acupuncturist will join you to talk about her evaluation and treatment plan, the changes you can expect and when to return. 

We usually book 1.5 hours for new patient visits and 1 hour for follow up visits. We can absolutely help you schedule your next appointment before you leave our office or you are welcome to utilize our online scheduler

Here at Maryville Acupuncture, it’s important to us that you feel comfortable and informed about your treatment, so we want to make sure all your questions are answered. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or email if we can help at all!

What is Qi?

You’ll hear us mention a term in the clinic called “qi”. But what is “qi” and what does it actually mean? Many proponents of Chinese Medicine may describe qi as the life force within any living being. This life force means there is the presence of qi and qi is necessary for life to continue. But, that answer doesn’t really allow us to fully comprehend the concept of qi, nor understand how and why we use the term around the clinic.

What does this mean?

To keep it simple, qi as an overarching label for all of the physiological processes happening in the body. From the action of the enzymes in our digestive tract, to hormones traveling through our blood stream to much more. Qi may also be compared to our breath. Breathing is the mechanism which helps assist in the exchange of oxygen at the capillary beds in our lungs, renewing and restoring chemical equilibrium. Qi is the energy, it’s the movement, it’s the descriptor of anything happening in our bodies. 

When our qi is off balance it might cause us to feel pain, tiredness, hormonal imbalances, or various other symptoms. In acupuncture, the acupuncture needle can be thought of as a messenger that helps realign the qi and helps the body return to it’s equilibrium. Research shows that acupuncture increases blood flow and circulation, boosts endorphins, the immune system and reduces pain.

So can you feel qi?

While this answer varies in each individual, most people describe the feeling of acupuncture as having a deep tissue massage but more relaxing. The nervous system reacts to acupuncture needles in the body and increases feelings of relaxation. At Maryville Acupuncture we strive to offer safe, comfortable, and effective treatments. That way, each treatment becomes a collaboration between you and your acupuncturist to move and nourish your qi to support your healing and well-being. 

How Does Acupuncture Work For Pain?

We hear a lot about how acupuncture can be helpful in treating all types of pain – back pain, knee pain, headaches, menstrual cramps – but how does it work?

Acupuncturists use many tools, but the most common are acupuncture needles. Acupuncture needles are small, thin hair-like sterile single use needles inserted into specific areas on the body.

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Whether we’re treating the acute pain of a sprained ankle or the chronic pain of a bulging disc, we know that acupuncture treats pain in three ways:

1. Neurologic Disruption

Your body processes the stimulation from acupuncture using the same part of the nervous system that transmits pain. By sending different signals – such as the message your body receives from the insertion of an acupuncture needle – your acupuncturist can “disrupt” the pain messages transmitted from body to brain and help decrease your sensation of pain

2. Local Tissue Relaxation

When a part of your body is in pain, the muscles surrounding the painful area often tense to protect and compensate. This can cause additional soreness and decrease the body’s ability to move and heal naturally. These same muscles and tissues will respond to acupuncture stimulation by relaxing, causing decreased pain and easier movement.

3. Decreasing Inflammation

Injury to any tissue causes an increase in inflammation, which in turn, causes increased pain, and can cause swelling and reduced range of motion. Acupuncture activates your innate immunity, which will work to decrease inflammation throughout your body and decrease local and systemic pain.

Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found acupuncture to be effective for over thirty conditions and the list is continuing to grow.

If you have any questions, please call our office, email, or visit our website.

Maryville Acupuncture Opening June 21st!

Maryville Acupuncture will be accepting new patients Friday June 21, 2019. We are Maryville’s only acupuncture clinic and we look forward to serving this community. Our clinic will be a general care clinic and will treat symptoms such as pain, arthritis, headaches, digestive issues, and other internal conditions.

Maryville Acupuncture was founded in 2019 by Sarah Prater. As a Maryville resident, she was aware of the lack of integrative medicine options in Maryville, Townsend, Alcoa and the surrounding communities and felt called to open a practice in her home. Sarah says: “I am very excited to be bringing acupuncture to the Maryville community. With the recent opioid epidemic, many patients and doctors are looking for other options to treat pain. We offer a safe and effective treatment for pain and many other conditions.”

Maryville Acupuncture will be headed by licensed acupuncturist, Kate Sisson. Kate is an acupuncturist and soon-to-be registered nurse in the state of Tennessee. Since beginning practice in 2014, Kate uses her both her education and life experience – as a personal trainer, bellydancer, aerialist – to support her patients. She specializes in pain management, injury and surgery rehabilitation, anxiety and depression, women’s health and cosmetic enhancement.

We strive to work integratively for our patients, support the achievement of their health goals, and ensure they have access to the best possible care by working closely with your team of doctors.

We are excited to bring acupuncture treatment to our neighbors and look forward to being a part of your health care team!