Therapies / Services

Asian Medicine/Acupuncture

Using Asian botanical formulas, acupuncture and dietary suggestions.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique derived from ancient China thousands of years ago. It involves the insertion of thin sterile needles through the skin at specific points on the body, which are located along specific channels or pathways called meridians, to alleviate and control pain and other symptoms. For additional effects, acupuncture can be combined with electrical current or moxibustion (heat and herbs) to stimulate or re-align the body’s electrical fields.

It is based on the theory of balancing the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy by puncturing the skin at specific locations called acupuncture points. This in turn will promote and restore health.

What to expect during an Acupuncture session?

Acupuncture may be performed while sitting, lying on the back, or lying on the front on a table. The insertion of the needles goes unnoticed by some, and/or may feel like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, warmth, ache, or heaviness. Some people feel Qi moving at a distance from the point of insertion. The needles remain in place for 15-20 minutes. Some people notice relief of symptoms or feel more energetic in the days following treatment. Most people are very comfortable during the sessions and even look forward to them.

What conditions benefit from Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can benefit many medical conditions from neurological, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal to mental and emotional conditions as well. Please visit the World Health Organization website for an extensive list of conditions for which acupuncture is considered appropriate.

Acupuncture Side Effects:

Acupuncture is safe, effective and free from adverse side effects. A sense of relaxation and well-being often occurs during and after treatments. A common side benefit is that while undergoing therapy for one ailment, other problems may resolve as well. This demonstrates the importance of balancing the vital energy or Qi of the entire individual.