Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It involves the insertion and manipulation of very thin, sterile one-time-use needles into the body at precise points. These acupuncture points are located along meridians which course throughout the human body, bringing vital energy, also commonly referred to as Qi, to all muscles, organs, and cells. The World Heath Organization estimates that more people worldwide have been treated with acupuncture in the last 2000 years than with all other health modalities combined.

According to Traditional Chinese Medical theory, disease, its symptoms, pain, and discomfort represent an imbalance within the human body. Imbalances are caused by emotional suppression, poor diet, tiredness, lack of excercise, hormonal changes, work stress, physical stress, and daily stress. All of these imbalances can result in blockages of Qi throughout the energy channels called meridians. It is these blockages or obstructions that lead to dysfunction.

Your TCM practitioner or acupuncturist will diagnose your condition and constitution based on your answers given on the initial intake form, your answers given during the consultation before each treatment, your tongue, and your pulse. The tongue and pulse are seen as microsystems of the body and are used as diagnostic tools in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Based on the diagnosis, an Acupuncture prescription will be made and Acupuncture needles will be used to unblock obstructions along the meridians, promote natural healing, rebalance the regular flow of Qi, and restore optimum health.

Modern medical research has demonstrated that the needling of acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to effect nerve impulse transmission and can trigger the release of important chemicals and hormones that effect the body's function such as endorphins and immune system cells. Ongoing clinical studies continue to explore the efficacy and benefit of acupuncture with regard to numerous ailments and conditions.

The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine's ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

    : digestive tract disorders, peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, IBS, gastritis, nausea, vomiting
  • Urogenital Disorders

    : stress incontinence, UTI, sexual dysfunction
  • Gynecological Disorders

    : irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, PMS, infertility, menopause symptoms
  • Respiratory Disorders

    : asthma, bronchitis
  • Nervous, Circulatory, and Muscular Disorders

    : high blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, Meniere's disease, Raynaud's syndrome, migraines, facial paralysis, partial weakness after a stroke
  • Orthopedic Disorders

    : tennis elbow, low back bain, frozen shoulder, neck pain, TMJ syndrome, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

    : toothaches, earaches, tinnitus, sinus inflammation, allergies
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders

    : Depression, insomnia, addictions, anxiety, eating disorders
  • Supportive Therapy

    : cancer, MS, lupus, and other chronic and debilitating diseases