Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

" Within a few minutes of getting acupuncture, I can feel myself become very calm and relaxed. It feels great!"

Thousands of years old, the practice of acupuncture is only a part of the complex and deep approach to life and health that is known as Chinese Medicine.

Today’s over-busy and stress-filled lifestyles can cause your body to become out of balance. Acupuncture has the unique ability to restore the harmonious energetic balance of your body while calming your nervous system to provide you with a sense of well-being and tranquility.

Chinese physicians viewed health as intimately connected to the energy of the Earth and the changing weather and seasons. Chinese medicine’s diagnostic system reflects its connection to the seasons and the diagnosis determines which acupuncture points will be used as well as the components of herbal formulas.

This philosophy of health and healing is based on the ancient Chinese belief that energy (Qi) flows through distinct path ways called meridians. Qi, or vital force, is one of the fundamental beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Qi flows through your body via pathways of energy known as meridians. Meridians conduct energy between the surface of your body and its internal organs and also connect the acupuncture points. Each point has a specific indication for use as well as a different impact on the Qi that passes through it.

The world has evolved over the last several thousand years, but the principles of Chinese Medicine are still applicable. Modern day practitioners of Chinese medicine focus attention on restoring and maintaining a natural, healthy flow of energy through the body.

In a healthy state, the Qi in your body is like a free-flowing river, flowing smoothly. Stress creates “debris” in the river; if the stress continues, the debris creates blockage and stagnation. In Chinese Medicine philosophy, this is thought to be a root cause of disease.

As an example, it means something different when a Chinese Medicine practitioner asks you to “stick out your tongue.” It may be a strange concept for us Westerners, but the tongue reflects the condition of your gut, and the look of your tongue provides information about your internal condition.

Once a Chinese medical diagnosis is made, if there is too much heat or cold, or an excess or deficiency, acupuncture points and herbal formulas are used to correct the imbalance and promote the free-flowing energy or Qi. Acupuncture has the unique ability to not only balance your energy but also to calm your nervous system and provide you with a sense of tranquility.

The benefits of acupuncture Acupuncture is an amazing healing modality, as it has the ability to treat so many different illnesses with a high level of success, while also providing pain relief.

Acupuncture is an amazing healing modality! It has the ability to treat conditions which are all very different with a high level of success, while also providing pain relief. Here are some examples:

  • You’re feeling horribly stressed and aren’t able to relax or sleep.
  • You get horrible cramps with your period and have to stay in bed for a day.
  • Your cycle has never been regular and you’re wanting to have a baby.
  • You’ve had multiple miscarriages or several failed IVFs.
  • You’re undergoing IVF and want to increase both the quality and quantity of your eggs.
  • You’re undergoing treatment for breast cancer and want to support your body through the difficult journey. A woman was referred to me by her oncologist for post-surgical pain and nausea from chemotherapy. With Chinese Medicine, we are able to treat local pain without putting an acupuncture needle near the area, as in the case of breast pain. A few acupuncture points were used to calm her stomach, reduce stress and also to remove stagnation. Within a few minutes, she had less breast pain and her nausea was significantly reduced.

I have been a licensed acupuncturist since 1987 and utilize this ancient modality as part of my healing toolbox. There is a common misconception when people hear the word “needle” as it refers to acupuncture. The needles used in the world of medicine and dentistry are very large, compared to acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture needles are thinner than one of the hairs on top of your head. I employ sterile, single-use, very fine acupuncture needles, have a very light touch and specialize in working with people who are uncomfortable with needles generally.

I love providing people with the incredible healing energy that acupuncture provides!

California State Acupuncture License: AC3404

NCCAOM: 2637