What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. It promotes natural healing and has been shown to:

  • Enhance recuperative power and immunity,
  • Support physical and emotional health,
  • Improve overall function and well being.

It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Acupuncturists detect imbalances of Qi that have contributed to a persons health problems.


What is Qi?

image.jpgAt the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that QI (pronounced chee) flows throughout the body and protects it from illness,pain, and disease. QI is the vital energy flow of the body. A persons health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.

Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body as illustrated in the diagram above. Each of these meridians are connected to specific organs and glands. QI flows along these meridian pathways bringing energy and nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue, and muscle in the body. 


How is Qi Disrupted?

A blockage of the flow of QI can be detrimental to a persons health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organ and glands. Normally when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back , returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive , or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.


The following factors can  influence the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi:

  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Overexertion 
  • Seasonal changes
  • Poor diet
  • Accidents
  • Excessive Activity


What to expect during an Acupuncture treatment

During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. Next, an appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose an detect any specific imbalances in Qi that may have contributed to a persons health problems. 

Once a treatment plan is determined an acupuncturist will place fine sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of needles can unblock the obstruction and balance QI where it has become blocked. 

Once this is done, QI can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, ultimately leading to optimal health and well being. 


Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:

Addiction Fatigue Reproductive Problems
Anxiety Fertility Rhinitis
Arthritis Fibromyalgia Sciatica
Asthma Gingivitis Seasonal Affective Disorder
Bronchitis Headache Shoulder Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Hiccough Sinusitis
Chronic Fatigue Indigestion Incontinence
Colitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sleep Disturbances
Common Cold Low back pain Smoking Cessation
Dental Pain Menopause Sore throat
Depression Menstrual Irregularities Stress
Digestive Issues Migraine Tennis Elbow
Dizziness Morning Sickness Tooth pain
Dysentary Nausea Tonsillitis
Emotional Problems Osteoarthritis Trigeminal Neuralgia
Eye Problems Pain PMS
Pneumonia Vomiting Wrist Pain