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Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of a single or multiple needles into the body to elicit a specific effect. The desired effect and the location of the problem will determine the number and location of needle placement in the body. Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee“) and promoted natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Introduction Video to Acupuncture


What will my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may list from 30 to 90 minutes.

They feel your pulse because there are 12 pulse positions on the wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian or organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

They look at your tongue because the tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has been used effectively to treat and prevent disease for thousands of years. It is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the United Nations – World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of:

  • Addiction to:
    • alcohol
    • drugs
    • smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Infertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lower back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Side effects of Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sore throat
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain

Is Acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tui na.