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Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific spots on the body in order to affect the energy flows and restore health.

I practice a very gentle Japanese acupuncture technique, which is very relaxing and pain free.

It is only one of the therapies used in Oriental medicine. This ancient system of healing includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary counseling, moxibustion, cupping, health exercises (Qi Gong and Tai Chi), Oriental massage techniques, and meditation.

According to the World Health Organization, Chinese medicine is used by 1/3 of the world’s population.

Chinese Medicine evolved from thousands of years of observing nature, the seasons, and the cycle of life. Our Western societies have become very speedy, competitive, materialistic, and stressful for all of us. Through understanding imbalances in your body, we are trained to use these various therapies in order to bring your physical and emotional body back into balance.


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Chinese medicine works by enhancing the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. As long as our Life Force energy flows easily and is strong, there is health. If it becomes depleted, imbalanced or stuck, illness occurs.

Acupuncture affects the electromagnetic energy field of the body. Acupuncture points lie just below the skin surface. They are approximately 1/10 inch in diameter. They are located along meridian pathways of energy, which cover the whole body. When acupuncture needles are inserted at these specific points, the balance and rhythm of Life Force energy is influenced. This procedure is usually painless.

Various causes of illness are recognized including poor diet, emotional upsets, overwork, physical trauma, chemical toxicity, poor constitution at birth and the effects of the physical environment on our bodies: excess cold, heat, wind, dryness and dampness.

Chinese medical theory teaches us about yin and yang, vital substances (including Qi, blood, shen (spirit), jin ye (body fluids), and jing (essential essence), and the Five Elements or Five Phases (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood), and how to reharmonize the body when it gets sick.

This will vary with each person depending upon the duration and severity of illness. Acute ailments (recent injury, infection or colds) might take from one to five treatments. Chronic problems could take from five to 15 treatments, and in some cases, long term treatment is necessary. With women who wish to enhance their fertility, I recommend treatment at least twice a month, along with herbal therapy.
Yes! Acupuncturists use sterilized, individually packaged, single-use needles. This eliminates any risk of contracting a communicable disease from a contaminated needle.
Herbal medicine, dietary counseling, massage and moxibustion, (which is the burning of the herb Artemisia vulgaris sinensis over the affected area to warm it), are typical adjunctive therapies. I also offer electrical stimulation to the needles, cupping, gwa sha, ear acupuncture, natural hormonal products, therapeutic exercises, and meditation practices to quiet the mind and body.

I use laser and light therapy to treat acute and chronic inflammation of soft tissue injuries, and for wound healing. It can also be used instead of acupuncture needles when doing an acupuncture treatment.

Moxabustion is a very ancient therapy, used by many cultures around the world. It uses a common herb called mugwort, and is safely burned over the skin on acupuncture points. It is used in the form of moxa sticks, or stick-on cones with a cardboard bottom; can be used on top of sliced ginger, placed on the end of needles, or can be used directly on the skin. It is warming and nutritive, and is used when the patient is cold, weak, blood deficient or anemic. It is also very helpful for acute or chronic injuries.
I also use laser therapy, which is painless, and does not pierce the skin.
Yes. It works well in combination with other treatments. In addition, it can help you get off pharmaceutical drugs and in many cases avoid surgery. For women who are undergoing treatment with reproductive endocrinology specialists, acupuncture is recommended by these specialists as a way to enhance the success rates of these treatments. Researchers in Germany found that adding acupuncture to the treatment of invitro fertilization increases the chance of getting pregnant from 26% to 42%.