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Acupuncture Services


Many Disciplines. One Patient.

In the spirit of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a primary goal of Essential Health Acupuncture is to provide our patients with a broader understanding of health and more lasting sense of well-being. Instead of a disease-centered focus, Traditional Chinese Medicine applies a patient-centered approach that addresses the whole person rather than simply his/her symptoms.

Essential Health Acupuncture combines the disciplines of modern science with the wisdom of ancient healing and takes advantage of the knowledge of several disciplines including, acupunture, tui na (Chinese body work), cupping therapy, diet/nutrition education, physical, mental and emotional health, and Chinese herbology. Other medical modalities that are being utilized are also taken into account to provide the utmost care for the individual. This allows patient and provider to work together to develop an integrated diagnostic and therapeutic plan that will best address the whole patient.



The insertion of fine needles into specific body points to stimulate, disperse, and/or regulate the flow of vital energy, known as Qi. Acupuncture has the ability to help restore health and eliminate pain by balancing and obtaining a free flow of Qi. One usually experiences a sense of deep relaxation, reduced stress, and a faster healing and recovery time.


A technique where a glass cup is placed on certain areas of the body for a few minutes. Cupping helps stimulate circulation, reduce swelling, decrease pain, and release tension.


A Chinese herbal treatment used to treat certain imbalances in the body. The herb is heated over specific points on the body to enhance the acupuncture point's funtion, increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and ease pain.


A form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between a pair of acupuncture needles. The current helps stimulate the flow of energy to help reduce pain, inflammation, increase circulation, and reduce stress.

Tui Na

Chinese theraputic massage "grasping and pulling" which is used to treat a wide range of ailments. Used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping, electro-acupuncture and/or moxa.

 Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get Acupuncture?

On the first acupuncture treatment, the practitioner will discuss the treatment and suggest how often a patient should return for follow-up sessions. While it's not always necessary to get treatment every week, bi-weekly or monthly acupuncture sessions are highly recommended and will keep you in great physical and emotional health.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

When patients receive acupuncture for the first time, the new sensations they expereience can be hard to describe; it is a very unique and subjective experience. Often, patients report feeling a dull ache or an electric sensation around the area being needled. Most often patients fall asleep and wake feeling refreshed and relaxed. The practitioner will go to great lengths to make the session as pleasant as possible.

Why Do I Need Acupuncture?

One of the most popular questions encountered with regard to acupuncture is why would a person need a treatment if he or she is feeling well. Acupuncture- and Eastern Medicine- is a more holisitic approach toward health and wellness that focuses on supporting the body and promoting balance. Since there is no such thing as being in perfect health, the human body is constantly expending energy trying to maintain homeostasis. By receiving acupuncture on a regular basis, the body's resources will be replenished naturally- allowing it to perform optimally.

Are Acupuncture Needles Reusable?

At Essential Health Acupuncture only disposable needles are used. Acupunture needles are only used once, and then disposed of in a sharps container. At no point and under no circumstance are needles ever reused.

About Your Acupuncturist

Rauchelle Meschke, L.Ac., is a licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Iowa and is board KRHC_acupuncturist.jpgcertified by the  National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.She is a graduate of the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Bloomington, MN where she earned a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  

Rauchelle was born and raised in Minot, ND. Her undergraduate studies at North Dakota State University focused on Pharmacy with an emphasis in Business. During that time she was contemplating a career change, still preferering the health care field. A close cousin of Rauchelle's introduced her to acupuncture. She felt the Eastern Medicine philosophy resonated with how she wanted to help people. During her education she did receive regular acupuncture treatments, for chronic upper back and shoulder pain, that helped her tremendously. The acupuncture helped with more than just the physical pain, but with the emotional and mental components that can affect the level and cause of pain. She became more aware and in tune with her own body.

Rauchelle is a proud mother of two boys, married to Shane Meschke, physical therapist at Kossuth Regional Health Center.  Rauchelle has been employeed with Kossuth Regional Health Center since November of 2008.

For more information about Essential Health Acupuncture or to make an appointment, please call Rauchelle at 515-295-4469 or email her at meschker@mercyhealth.com.


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