Please note that I have closed my practice effective 04/14/2017.
Did you know that acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical systems in the world, originating in mainland China more than 2500 years ago? Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile needles into specific locations on the skin surface called acupoints. It is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is one of many modalities offered by a licensed acupuncturist to include auricular (ear) acupuncture, bloodletting, cupping, electro-acupuncture, gua sha, and moxibustion.
Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: YES! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved sterile, single use acupuncture needles for use by licensed acupuncturists in 1996. Few complications have been reported to the FDA in comparison to the thousands of people who have greatly benefited from acupuncture each year in the United States.
Q: Does acupuncture work?
A: YES! Many people equate acupuncture with pain relief, but it accomplishes much more! According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organizaton (WHO), acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating:
- pain problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia,headaches, and tennis elbow
- emotional problems such as addictions, anxiety, chronic fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance, and stress relief
- gastrointestinal problems such as colitis, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- gynecological problems such as infertility, menopausal syndrome, morning sickness, and PMS
- respiratory problems such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, rhinitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis
Q: How does acupuncture work?
is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM,
health is achieved and disease is prevented by maintaining the body in a
balanced state of yin and yang. Any imbalance leads to blockages
in the flow of qi (vital energy)
along pathways known as meridians. Several theories have been proposed as to
how acupuncture works from a western medical perspective by regulating the nervous system, increasing endorphins, and stimulating the immune