Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that helps to relieve ailments in the body by balancing the body’s qi (energy). Acupuncture treats the patient as a whole, rather than just the ailment affecting the body.

Benefits include:
  • Drug-free pain relief
  • Effective treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions
  • Treats the underlying cause of the issue as well as the symptoms using a holistic approach that incorporates the body, mind and emotions
  • Assists in the prevention of illness as well as the maintenance of general health

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of thin, sterile, disposable needles into 12 specific meridians and 365 acupuncture points all impacting a different aspect of healing.

If the flow of qi (energy) in the body becomes blocked or stagnant, the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order – and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors.

During a treatment, I look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying  attention not only to presenting symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.

Often while getting treatment for one concern, another one will resolve itself. This is a common side benefit that occurs as the energies in the body are balanced.

Other methods may also be used to stimulate the acupuncture points  including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

Does it hurt?

accupuncture needleAn acupuncture needle is very tiny – not much wider than a human hair. Patients who have adversion to needles in medical settings are often totally fine with acupuncture treatments. As the needles are inserted, a tiny prick can sometimes be felt.  When performed by a properly trained and registered practitioner, acupuncture is completely safe. A properly inserted needle will be felt but the sensation is not uncomfortable. Often a sense of relaxation and well being is experienced during and after treatment. Redness or bruising can occur but is uncommon.

Some especially sensitive people may feel a gentle radiating warmth or slight pulsing sensation around the insertion site which is the qi being stimulated by the needle.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as effective for over 40 common disorders including: neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, reproductive and gynecological conditions, mental emotional problems, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorders, circulatory disorder, and many more.   → For a further understanding of my practice areas please read the Treatment page.