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About Acupuncture



Acupuncture is an ancient and effective form of health care that has evolved into a holistic medicine that treats the body, mind and spirit. It is best understood by the science of quantum physics that acknowledges some invisible guidance to the visible world including but not limited to electro-magnetic fields.


An acupuncturist uses fine, sterile needles at specific points on the body to support a balanced flow of “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), a vital energy that travels throughout the body. Feelings of good health and less pain are evidence of smooth flowing Qi, the goal of acupuncture.


First and foremost, acupuncture treats YOU, you as a healthy and unique person no matter what label or diagnosis has been given. The same symptom may be treated in different ways respecting that each individual person is different yet overall, each individual treatment is  successful in meeting that person’s needs.


Holistic health views the body, mind and spirit as one energetic system with different kinds of symptoms appearing on different levels:


BODY: expressed through physical pain or “dis-ease,”

MIND: experienced as emotional distress and/or mental constraints,

SPIRIT: feeling separated from a higher purpose or understanding.


Based on modern research, here is a list of some of the conditions that leading health organizations have recognized acupuncture to be effective in treating:


  • Adverse reactions to chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis

  • Bell’s palsy

  • Chronic gastritis

  • Morning sickness

  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

  • Facial spasms/pain

  • Female infertility

  • Induction of labor

  • Knee pain

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Opioid dependence

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Shoulder pain

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Stiff neck

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Tennis elbow

  • Tobacco dependence

  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic



There are many theories that explain how acupuncture works (ie; Neurotransmitter Theory, Autonomic Nervous System Theory, Vascular-interstitial Theory, Blood Chemistry Theory, Gate Control Theory and more).


The latest research indicates that the acupuncture meridians (energy pathways of Qi) travel through the body’s fascia, an intricate communication network that covers and connects the whole body.

Whatever the reasons for its success, people have experienced the benefits from acupuncture for over 3000 years. Exactly “HOW IT WORKS” may still be unclear but many people are happier today because it does!


Acupuncture is extremely safe. This all-natural, drug-free therapy takes nothing out of you and puts nothing in you but relies on your own, unique energy that often thrives when supported and balanced with acupuncture treatments.


There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles as “Clean Needle Technique” (including alcohol swabbing and “clean field”) is a mandatory practice by all licensed acupuncturists.


Common side effects include feeling calmer and more relaxed.


Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermics and just slightly thicker than a human hair. They are pre-sterilized, pre-packaged and surrounded with a guide tube. The needles are used only once and then properly disposed.


Acupuncture needles are usually placed just beneath the skin with sensations varying from person to person. It may feel like a momentary pinch, a gentle pull or sometimes, nothing at all.


Needles may stay in for a few minutes and sometimes, up to an hour. Needling technique is determined by the person’s sense of ease and comfort. Some people may even fall asleep.



Acupuncture needles are not the only stimulus that can affect the energy flow. Acupuncture points also respond to acupressure, moxibustion, crystals, and essential oils.

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