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What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into the body at specific points which relate to various internal organs and processes. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years, and recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. According to ancient theories, acupuncture helps break up Qi (the body’s energetic flow) stagnation. By enabling Qi to move freely, we can improve bodily function. Acupuncture regulates and restores the energetic balance of the body. Much like energy fields in the body that can be measured by an MRI or CT scan, Chinese medicine measures and balances more subtle energy throughout the body.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncturists in America today use sterile, individually packaged, disposable needles. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease via needle. Because the treatment is drug-free, patients do not have to worry about taking conflicting medications or suffering a possible adverse reaction.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are about as fine as a human hair and generally produce only a slight prick or often no sensation at all. Most sensation is caused by the effect of the needle on your system. This can range from nothing to a sensation of heaviness or pressure.

How many treatments will I need?

Response rate is dependent upon the individual patient, their lifestyle and the condition being treated. Depending upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint, you may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. Typically, a course of treatment is anywhere from five to fifteen treatments within a three to twelve week period. Some conditions may require maintenance treatments for a period of time.

What conditions does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of physical and mental/emotional conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Muscles and Nerves: back pain, neck pain/stiff neck, muscle tension, arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, bursitis, headaches/migraines, sprains
  • Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat: allergies, sinus infection, sore throat, hay fever, earaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness
  • Mental – Emotional: anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia
  • Genito-Urinary and Reproductive System: infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), menopausal symptoms, irregular period or cramps, morning sickness, vaginitis, impotence, prostate enlargement
  • Skin: eczema, acne, herpes
  • Infections: colds, flu, bronchitis, hepatitis, urinary tract infections, immune system support
  • Internal: asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, indigestion, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes, hypoglycemia, addiction-smoking, drug, alcohol


The ancient art of cupping is a multi-cultural technique, utilized by healers for thousands of years. It is a suction technique using glass or plastic “cups” that are designed to pull accumulated toxins (cellular waste products) and muscle spasms out of the deeper tissues of the body. When these waste products and spasms compound in muscles and joints it can be very difficult for the body to eliminate them causing increased blockage and pain. By suctioning these to the surface of the body where the body can eliminate them, the healing process in the tissues is increased and pain and tension are rapidly eliminated.


Tui Na is a form of body work which uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Like acupressure, Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by stimulating and pressing the body at key acupressure points.