How Acupuncture Works

The ancient Chinese discovered a system of energy circulation in the body, which is interdependent with all the bodily functions. This energy is called “qi” in Chinese (pronounced chee), and it circulates in a system of channels called meridians. The acupuncture meridian system consists of twelve primary meridians and sixty secondary ones. There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the surface of the body that are connected to the meridians. Each has a precise location and a specific effect on the meridians when stimulated. Acupuncture treats pain and disease by stimulation of these points with the insertion of thin needles. The fundamental strategy of acupuncture is to utilize the points to harmonize, strengthen or unblock the flow of qi in the meridians.

What Acupuncture Feels Like

Acupuncture treatment is a very pleasurable and relaxing experience that lasts about 45 to 90 minutes. The Japanese Style needles used are so thin, there is little or no discomfort upon insertion. The treatment promotes the release of endorphins, which allows one to enter a state of deep relaxation somewhat between wake and sleep. The locations and number of points used in treatment varies according to symptoms and condition. The points most often used are located on the arms, legs, and either side of the spine. Once the needles are inserted they are left in place for approximately 25 minutes. Additional stimulation may be used to facilitate the treatment by applying a light electrical current to the needles.

What to Expect

The results of acupuncture are often dramatic with immediate relief from symptoms. Most commonly, patients with acute symptoms will experience improvement in their symptoms with only a few treatments. Usually, a series of six to twelve treatments are performed and recommended for chronic problems. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. One to two treatments are suggested weekly at first, and with improvement, appointments are made at progressively longer intervals. Acupuncture helps the body to heal itself naturally and the number of treatments depends on the severity of the illness.


Herbal formulas, exercise and diet are important and in some cases essential components to acupuncture treatment and subsequent healing. Patients who are prescribed herbs should follow the recommended dosage as well as be willing to undertake any dietary changes or exercise suggestions made.

What Acupuncture Treats

  • Menopause
  • Fertility
  • Hormone rebalancing for men and women
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Frequent colds
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back and knee pain
  • Arthritis and Tendonitis
  • Sciatica
  • Gynecological problems
  • PMS
  • Menopause and fertility
  • Sport injuries

Testing Kits

  • Genova Diagnostics (CP) Testing: Gastrointestinal stool testing that is a comprehensive digestive analysis.


  • Neuroscience: A urine and saliva neurotransmitter analysis to review brain chemistry.
  • FoodSafe: A blood spot test that includes 95 most common food allergies.





  • Doctor's Data Heavy Metals: A hair analysis test for heavy metals.



  • ZRT: A blood spot test for hormone and thyroid panels.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal formulas are the result of a continuously evolving tradition that is over five thousand years old. Each formula is made from combinations of three to twenty different herbs. Given as a compliment to acupuncture treatment, Chinese herbs balance the organ systems and the interior climate of the body to support the body’s ability to heal.

Traditionally herbs are taken as a tea. For convenience and palatability we use concentrates that are made into pills, granules or tinctures.