Modern women are superwomen. We work, we run households, we mother and we side hustle. We push ourselves hard because that’s what we’re told we’re supposed to do and we’re wearing ourselves out. This overwork and stress lead to weight fluctuations, hormonal issues, fertility issues and more.
We have to slow down. For all yang there needs to be yin; we need to find time to recuperate and fill our cup so that we can be all the people and do all the things.
To find that yin, we have to look back. What did our grandmothers do before we had a cell phone in front of us all the time? What did our grandmother’s grandmother eat? How did her grandmother find time and peace in her own hectic pace of the time? These answers can help us reconnect with ourselves, our body and the world around us.
Traditional Wisdom, Modern Times
My name is Jessica Gustafson and I am a licensed acupuncturist in St. Paul, Minnesota.
I help modern women integrate traditional wisdom into their lives, so they can live with the rhythm of the seasons and find their pace in the dance of work, family and life.
I do this through:
- community acupuncture
- private home visits
- food therapy
- breathing exercises
- seasonal coaching
- prenatal and postpartum care
- cervical ripening (aka “labor induction”)
- and more
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Who am I?
I am an acupuncturist, herbalist, author, and owner of Reverie Acupuncture, LLC.
Since 2012 I have been a partner to women through massage, nutrition, traditional and modern medicines, helping them connect with their bodies, minds, and spirits. I interned at Masonic Children’s Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Regions Hospital. I currently operate a community acupuncture clinic from the upstairs yoga studio of Health Foundations Birth Center in St. Paul, MN.
When I’m not in clinic you can find me curled up with stacks of books on my couch with a cup of coffee. And if the couch is empty, check the woods; I’m probably out in the wilderness with my husband and daughter.
Work with me if…
- you’re in the Twin Cities area
- you like affordable acupuncture, herbs, coaching and more
- you’re interested in living in harmony with the seasons and the world around you
- you want some natural fertility, prenatal and postpartum care
- you want some traditional women’s care outside of your reproductive system
- you were not born biologically female but you would like some traditional women’s care
- you need care but you can never find a babysitter (I am kid friendly and I have a pack and play for naps!)
I might not be for you if:
- you don’t like homework
- you’re not within a sensible driving distance from the Twin Cities (but stay tuned for distance health coaching opportunities)
- you may be bothered by women giving birth in the birthing suites downstairs
- you want only private treatments
- you’re not ok with kids attending treatments
My midwives at Health Foundations told me to go see Jessica to help manage my hyperemesis. I was very sick with morning sickness between 6-14 weeks of pregnancy and desperate to try anything to relieve my vomiting and nausea. After only 4 visits I have been able to keep down food and have only experienced slight nausea. I can’t believe how much better I feel! I was prepared to live with hyperemesis throughout my entire pregnancy but now thanks to Jessica I have a new perspective on my first pregnancy and am so thankful I do not have to live with being sick and can now enjoy being pregnant with my first baby.BR – Hyperemesis Gravidarum
I started going to Jessica in my third trimester. She helped me prepare for birth, get better sleep and lowered my stress. I saw her on my due date (I was not in labor) she did an induction treatment and my son was born the next day.
SS – Prenatal Care, Cervical Ripening and Postpartum Recovery
This is my third baby and easiest labor and recovery I have had.
I just wanted to make sure to say thank you for the care and attentiveness you put into my acupuncture session. I’m forever a believer in the power of acupuncture. My daughter was born a mere 3.5 hours after my water broke post-treatment.
MP – Cervical Ripening
Thanks again! You were wonderful and I’ll be recommending you in the future!
Ready to make the leap?
Or do you need more details first?
Chinese medicine is a seasonal medicine. Acupuncture, herbs, meditation, and exercise – everything is wrapped around living with the rhythms of the world around you. If you’re looking for a guide to preventative medicine and seasonal living, schedule a free 15-minute consultation or book a community acupuncture session. Together we can build a lifestyle for you that flows with the cycle of the year using traditional wisdom that fits your modern lifestyle.
Community acupuncture is an acupuncture session in a shared space with other patients. This keeps the cost down for you and adds a sense of hygge to the treatment. This treatment is only $35 and is available in the Health Foundations Birth Center’s Yoga Studio on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 8.
Currently, private acupuncture is only available for home visits or at Health Foundations for immediate postpartum or intrapartum care based off the recommendation of your midwife. Contact me for details, including pricing.
Dietary, herbal, and coaching consultations
Not into needles? That’s fine!
Schedule a normal “community acupuncture appointment” and attach a “No needles, please!” message and let me know what you would like to chat about. Even better, schedule a free 15-minute phone consult to see if I can help you in clinic or if we should plan a longer, private visit.
Frequently asked questions
What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, single use, solid needles through the skin. These needles are put in specific points located all over your body. The most common ones used in community acupuncture are in the ears, the arms and hands, and the legs and feet.
If you’re worried about the size of the needles, don’t be. They’re tiny. While most needles used in a doctor’s office are roughly a millimeter wide, acupuncture needles are only a quarter of that. They’re designed to be comfortable, not hurt.
For more detailed information on acupuncture and what to expect from an appointment, check out this blog post.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive system of medicine that has been used for over 5000 years. Before the development of modern medicine this was Asia’s primary was to treat everything from minor bumps and bruises to managing the pain of Stage IV cancer.
So it can help with anything.
However, acupuncture and herbs are better for preventative and gentle interventions. It is not a substitute for Western interventions like chemotherapy or setting broken bones.
I see patients for fertility, menstrual regulation, postpartum depression and anxiety, discomforts of pregnancy, cervical ripening, after pains, musculoskeletal pain and so much more.
If you’re wondering if acupuncture or herbs are right for you, schedule a free 15-minute phone consult.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating your nervous system, improving your blood flow and amplifying your body’s built in healing capabilities. Acupuncture points tend to be located near “neuro-vascular bundles” (groups of nerves and blood vessels) or in muscle bellies.
Acupuncture can also release your body’s natural pain killing chemicals like endorphins and enkephalins and stress fighting hormones like oxytocin. This impact on the endocrine system is also how it helps with fertility, cervical ripening and menstrual regulation.
For more information check out this blog post
What do you mean, “liver qi stagnation” What’s wrong with my liver?
Chinese medicine speaks in a different “language” than Western Medicine. For instance, we don’t diagnose disease, we diagnose patterns.
A disease is a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs and symptoms and is not related to a physical injury.
A pattern is a constellation of signs or symptoms that form the root for many possible diseases, which arise before the disease manifests and can predict likely outcomes.
These patterns are often defined by categories of function: “organ” systems or qi, blood, yin and yang imbalances. So if your liver qi is stagnant, nothing is wrong with your liver. I’m categorizing you by pattern so we can treat you appropriately.
Read more about pattern diagnosis here
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not. Some FSA and HSA cards seem to work, but it’s hit and miss so if you plan to use one, please bring a back up form of payment.
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