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Acupuncture Traditional Chinese herbal medicine

What is Traditional

Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) is a system of healing that has been in use around the world for over 2000 years. Practitioners are trained in many treatment modalities (the most common of which is acupuncture) that are used to diagnose and rebalance patterns of disharmony in the body that can lead to illness, pain, and emotional issues. Studies show TCM to be effective in treating a variety of conditions including: 

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic pain 

  • Allergies 

  • Digestive disorders

  • Menstrual pain and/or irregularity 

  • PTSD 

  • Asthma

  • Hypertension 

  • Inflammation 

In some places, TCM may be referred to as oriental medicine or eastern medicine. 

To learn more about TCM and the training a practitioner receives, click here.

TCM is also a beneficial addition to the healthcare plan of those being treated for or recovering from: 

  • Chemotherapy 

  • Stroke

  • Addiction/Smoking Cessation 

  • Injury 

  • Infertility 

For research and articles pertaining to the benefits of acupuncture for these conditions and many others, click here.

During your session, Alayna will conduct a thorough intake, asking about your lifestyle habits, digestion, emotions, energy levels, medical history, and sleep quality.  This information will be considered along with pulse readings and a quick look at your tongue to allow Alayna to design a treatment plan tailor-made specifically for you. This plan may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and any number of other modalities that a TCM practitioner is trained to use. For more information on the tools and techniques used by TCM practitioners, see below.  

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Methods of Treatment

Methods of Treatment


The insertion of thin, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body. Needles are sterile, single use, and not much thicker than a strand of hair. 

Herbal Medicine


Chinese Herbal Medicine has been in use for over 2000 years and uses natural substances such as plant parts, minerals, mushrooms, and shells to treat a variety of physical and emotional symptoms.


The use of fire or suction cupping to promote Qi and Blood circulation, reduce pain, relax muscles and tendons, and promote relaxation. Popularized by Michael Phelps and other athletes in the 2016 Olympics.

Tui Na


Pronounced "Twee-nah". A form of massage that allows a practitioner to stimulate acupuncture points and channels without the use of needles while also helping to address musculoskeletal concerns. Also widely used in the treatment of pediatric patients. 

Auricular Acupuncture

The placement of acupuncture needles into specific points on the ear, which can be used to treat the entire body. Commonly used in the treatment of PTSD and to help moderate physical and mental symptoms of patients overcoming addiction. 


The use of needles and electrical stimulation to promote healing and reduce pain. Also used to aid in post-stroke recovery and in the treatment of other neurological and sensory conditions. 

Did you know? An acupuncturist goes to school for 3-4 years and
takes multiple national board exams before becoming licensed. 


Minimum hours of coursework required for the Diplomat of Oriental Medicine degree


Minimum clinical hours required


Minimum hours of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine theory courses required 


Minimum hours of Biomedicine courses required (Including Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Nutrition)

About Alayna

Alayna Prenger, L.Ac, MSTCM

"Learning the principles and philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine has given me a sense of empowerment in regards to my own health, and I want to help foster that growth in others wishing to elevate their overall health and happiness. With the right support, our bodies are capable of great healing, and this medicine is incredible at tapping into the body's natural processes and encouraging balance throughout the entire system. "


Alayna graduated with her Master of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver. She is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is licensed in the state of Missouri. She is certified in Clean Needle Technique and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Missouri.

Before entering the field of Chinese Medicine, Alayna received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Louis University and spent over 10 years working in early childhood development and special education in Missouri and Texas. 

Get In Touch

Get in Touch 


2627 Burlington St

Suites 4 and 6

North Kansas City MO 64116

Elevate is located in the Northtown Chiropractic Center. Ample parking is available in front of and behind the building, however the doors in the back of the building are closest to the office. Please note that the doors in the front of the building are locked when the chiropractic office is closed. 

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By appointment only

Monday – Wednesday  9AM – 6PM

Thursday 12:30PM- 7:30PM

Friday  10AM - 2PM

*At this time, I am not accepting new patients.*

(816) 533-5528 

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I look forward to helping you Elevate your health and happiness!

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