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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that has been used for thousands of years to help restore health and prevent disease. This medicine is far from new. 

Treatments involve the stimulation of specific points on the body to produce a physiological response that occurs at the cellular neuro-endocrine energetic level of our being. Each acupuncture point has a unique location, purpose, and function. By stimulating these points in different ways, we can manipulate and balance qi to re-establish homeostasis. The acupuncture points chosen and used in treatment are a prescription based on your individual presentation and diagnosis.

Most patients find the experience and effects of acupuncture treatments to be relaxing and quite enjoyable. My main goal as a practitioner is that you leave feeling better than how you entered the treatment room. Communication is always open during treatment and as such, nothing during the session should ever be painful or uncomfortable. If it is, we adjust immediately. Working within the comfort level of each person is of upmost importance to me and so we will tailor sessions to ensure that we co-create the safest and most comfortable space possible.

Needles do NOT need to be used in order receive acupuncture, so children and even the most needle-phobic of individuals can experience treatments too!

** You can learn more about the treatments that do not involve the insertion of acupuncture needles here as well as some of the other no needle techniques (i.e. cupping, gua sha, etc.) often used in treatment here!

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The general theory of acupuncture is based on the idea that vital life energy known as qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through meridians in the body. Meridians are energy pathways that have specific trajectories and connections to different cells/tissues/organs/body areas. Acupuncture points are located along meridians and when stimulated are able to affect our physiology and internal workings. 

Qi is the energy responsible for all of life’s processes – it is what holds us together and keeps our organs in place, it is what powers digestion, growth, development, our ability to think and assimilate information, immune responses, endocrine secretions, and our heart to pump blood through the vessels. The free and harmonious movement of qi and blood through the body ensures that all of our organs, nerves, and blood vessels are nourished and functioning optimally. Disruptions and blockages in the flow of qi and blood are believed to be the cause of disease. We are able to address these disruptions and imbalances directly using acupuncture, herbs, and bodywork.

Acupuncture influences various biochemical responses via neuro-endocrine pathways and is involved in cellular regulating functions. It is thought to work by re-establishing homeostasis and rectifying the main factors that influence health in the body including blood and lymph circulation, oxygenation, and the integrity of the blood vessels, organs, glands, and nervous system. Acupuncture also affects pain receptor mechanisms in the body and stimulates the release of endorphins.

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An Analogy...

Similar to how rivers flow through the Earth to bring us water and life, the acupuncture meridians are like rivers that carry energy and vital substances through the body. When a dam is put in a river, the flow of wa­ter is blocked and little water reaches the other side of the dam. Imbalance results as one side of the dam receives an excess of water while life downstream may become deficient and begin to wither if not replenished by fresh water.

The same happens in our body - if there is a blockage of energy, homeostasis is disrupted and the cells and tissues in certain areas will not be nourished adequately. These blockages and imbalances manifest in the various unpleasant signs and symptoms that we sometimes experience (e.g. pain, fatigue, poor digestion, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, etc.). Eastern medicine uses different methods to detect and treat these imbalances. It is thought that when we treat the root cause of dysfunction, the branch manifestations and symptoms will consequently resolve.

Commonly Treated Conditions




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