Doctor of Oriental Medicine
A Balanced Approach To Holistic Health and Pain Management
Jessica Irusta, DOM
After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Jessica Irusta worked with children and families in crises.
During this time, she discovered the benefits of Acupuncture, and all its different modalities, on both the body and mind. Deciding to pursue Oriental Medicine, she earned a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jessica is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico, and holds diplomat status in Oriental Medicine from the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She resides in Albuquerque, and enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, and exploring the great outdoors.
Education & Licensing
BA, Psychology, University of New Mexico
MS, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College
NCCAOM Diplomat of Oriental Medicine
New Mexico Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM)
is a healing technique based on the principal of free and uninterrupted energy flow. It helps activate the natural healing processes in each patient's body as well as to restore their physical and emotional well being.
is a form of alternative therapy by which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. It's a treatment which releases stagnation pain and discomfort from the meridians of the body as well as softens tight muscles and joints.
is a technique that helps to stimulate the cells responsible for collagen production and strengthens the skin and connective tissues, among other benefits, to create a more youthful appearance.
1. What should I expect at my first Acupuncture appointment?
On your first visit:
We'll review your intake paperwork
Take your pulses (I'll do this at each appointment)
look at your tongue (I'll also do this at each appointment)
Insert Acupuncture needles
2. Why do you take my pulses? Why do you call them pulses? I thought I only had one!
On each wrist there are three areas I check. In Chinese, these are called the Cun, Guan and Chi positions. Each position corresponds to a different organ system. When I take your pulses, I am looking to see
how fast your pulse is, and the level of depth of each pulse in the three positions. Is the pulse deep?
Shallow? Midlevel? What does it feel like? It's diagnostic of your body's health.
3. Why do you look at my tongue?
The tongue is another indicator of your body's health. When I look at it, I'm looking at the
color, shape, size, and a variety of other factors. I'm also looking at your tongue's coating! All of these are important, and help me to determine and confirm a diagnosis.
4. What should I wear to my appointments?
Please wear loose clothing that can easily be pulled up to knees and elbows.
5. How many treatments will I need?
This depends on your condition. Acute conditions typically require fewer treatments than chronic conditions. Most patients receive treatments once or twice a week until the condition is managed,
and then return once or twice a month for maintenance.
6. Is Acupuncture painful?
Most patients say that Acupuncture is painless. Those who experience some discomfort say it’s worth it because of the relief they feel afterwards! Some common sensations experienced are a heavy feeling, tingling, warmth, or a “bouncing” of energy as qi flows through the body’s meridians. Most people feel relaxed, and some even fall asleep!
7. Can Acupuncture help with the pain from a car accident?
Absolutely! The sooner you begin Acupuncture treatments after a car accident, the more quickly Acupuncture can provide relief from the accident’s aftereffects.
8. Can Acupuncture help with infertility?
Yes! Acupuncture is used to treat both men and women for issues related to infertility. I prefer to treat both parties at the same time.
9. Can Acupuncture help with breathing conditions such as Asthma or COPD?
Absolutely! I recommend starting with multiple treatments a week.
10. Can Acupuncture help with Stress?
Yes! Acupuncture is very relaxing, and helpful in treating conditions related to stress.
11. Can Acupuncture help with Anxiety or Depression?
Absolutely! Acupuncture will help increase the chemicals in the brain to assist with Depression and Anxiety.
12. What other conditions can Acupuncture treat?
What conditions can it not treat? ;) Here are just a few of the conditions I've treated.
If you have a condition not listed here, call me and ask!
Weight loss/weight gain
Dysmenorrhea (painful cycles)
Low back pain/sciatica
Pain in general
The list goes on…
13. How much is Acupuncture at Enchantment Acupuncture?
Your first treatment with consultation is $100.
Following treatments are $80.
14. What is Cupping, and what is it used for?
Cupping is typically used for pain. A cup is placed over the painful area and suction is applied to bring energy stagnation to the surface and relax the muscles and tendons.
15. What is Facial Cupping, and how often can I receive it?
Facial Cupping, like regular Cupping, is where special smaller cups are placed on the face and suction is applied. It helps to promote blood circulation and aids in the regeneration of collagen.
Facial cupping can be done every 72 hours, and I recommend this schedule for optimal results.