Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, disposable, hair-thin needles into specific sites on the body known as acupuncture points. Each acupuncture point runs along an energetic pathway called a meridian and has a specific function to effect physiological change in the body. Thousands of years ago the Chinese discovered and mapped out the location of these points. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their existence and location.


How Acupuncture Works


According to Chinese medical theory, a vital energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) runs in a circuit through the human body. If the flow of Qi through this circuit is disrupted (through stress, poor diet, trauma, injury, etc.), it will cause an imbalance in the body and lead to symptoms of one kind or another, such as pain. Through the use of acupuncture we can reestablish the flow of Qi, to create balance, and activate the body’s innate healing ability. Western science now acknowledges the effects of acupuncture on many of the body’s systems, including the neurological, endocrine, respiratory, and digestive systems.


The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have officially recognized the benefits of Chinese medicine, declaring acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine effective in treating over forty conditions, including:



  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders: arthritis, low back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, tendonitis

  • Gynecological Disorders: PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopausal syndrome, ovarian cysts, infertility

  • Gastro-Intestinal Disorders: indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, acid reflux, ulcers, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome

  • Respiratory Disorders: allergies, asthma, common cold, flu, and sinusitis

  • Neurological Disorders: headache, migraine, dizziness, Bell’s palsy, post-stoke paralysis, neuralgia

  • Circulatory Disorders: high cholesterol, hypertension

  • Psycho-Emotional Disorders: stress, anxiety, depression, nervousness, insomnia, smoking and other addictions

  • Uro-Genital Disorders: urinary tract infection, incontinence, impotence

In addition, acupuncture can increase energy levels, strengthen the immune system, and promote deep relaxation and a sense of well-being.