What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture utilizes sterile solid, fine needles to stimulate specific points along the meridian system of the body. Stimulating the acupuncture points facilitates the body’s healing process allowing it to come back into balance. In Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture regulates and harmonizes the flow of both qi and blood to the tissues and organs. Research in Korea has found microscopic fibers that follow along the lines of the acupuncture meridians. This is evidence of a physical microscopic pathway within the body, called Bonghan Channels or Ducts, which follow along the meridian pathways and are activated with acupuncture. Here is a link to a video discussing Bonghan Ducts.


What Acupuncture's Benefits?

Acupuncture improves overall quality of life and health. This is achieved Acupuncture balances the body’s energy systems to improve our adaptation to stress, improve mood, boost immune function, and enhance blood circulation throughout the body. Often our repetitive thoughts, lifestyle, and diet create emotional pain and imbalances in the body. Acupuncture helps to balance these energy systems through the meridians and acupuncture points. These points tap into the body’s energy flow to optimize it and get things into balance again. They move stagnant energy ~ called Qi ~ within the body. Moving the Qi can resolve and improve painful and inflammatory conditions and influence mood and hormones.

​​What Can Acupuncture Treat?

According to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes for Health, and clinical experience, acupuncture is useful in the treatment of:

  • Chronic & Acute Pain - Injuries, migraine, headache, arthritis, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, toothache pain

  • ​Musculo-skeletal - "frozen shoulder," "tennis elbow", low back pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia

  • Neurological - Post-stroke recovery, facial palsy, trigeminal & intercostal neuralgia, meniere's, sciatica, peripheral neuropathies

  • ​Upper Respiratory - Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, sore throat, laryngitis, common cold and flu.

  • ​Digestive - Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers

  • Urinary - Cystitis

  • Reproductive - Menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms.

  •  Immune Function - Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients.

  • Addictions - Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.

  • Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia

  • Other Conditions - Contact me to find out about other conditions that can be treated with Oriental Medicine.

​​Acupuncture Styles

My primary style of treatment is Japanese-Style Acupuncture, however I also utilize combinations of Scalp Acupuncture and Auricular acupressure or acupuncture in a session. See descriptions below for more information.

 

Japanese-Style Acupuncture
Japanese-style acupuncture is based on feedback via the pulse or body palpation. Sensitive, tender, painful, tight or ticklish sensations are the pointers to which areas of the body and meridians are out of balance. These tender areas can change over time since the body is an ever changing and dynamic organism. The pulse can also be used as a feedback mechanism to direct the treatment. Body feedback is used to determine what acupuncture points are most beneficial for you on a given day. Changes in the tenderness can be used as markers for monitoring healing that is occurring in the meridians and the body. Japanese-style acupuncture is gentle, utilizing fine pre-sterilized disposable needles to stimulate healing in the body


Scalp Acupuncture
Scalp acupuncture is a powerful style that is accessing the brain and influencing the entire body through the nervous system. Stimulation during a scalp acupuncture treatment is often more intense, and usually requires manual stimulation of the needles once they are in place. There are many serious conditions that can be assisted through scalp acupuncture including: stroke rehabilitation, post-concussive syndrome, dizziness, vertigo, neuropathy, migraine headaches, and pain syndromes throughout the body.

Auricular Acupressure and Acupuncture
Auricular therapy is treatment of points on the ear with either a type of pellet (often called ear seeds - cabbage seeds) or fine needles. The ear is just one of the many micro-systems of the body, meaning it mirrors (and can treat) the entire physical body within the ear. There are hundreds of points on the ear that can be used to support a full-body acupuncture treatment.  The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) has a five-point treatment protocol that can be used for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, sleep disturbances, addictions and reduction in cravings.

Auricular Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation