What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture has gained enormous popularity as a modern therapy to improve performance and rehabilitation as well as treat a variety of ailments. There are many different systems now in practice but Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was the first modality to use Acupuncture to naturally treat pain and disease. Using a combination of ancient techniques including Tuina massage and Cupping, TCM Acupuncture applies needles to stimulate energy qi flow along meridians that network the body.

Rooted in Taoist philosophy and spiritual tradition, the principles of Yin and Yang emphasize the importance of living in balance with the Universe to restore health, vitality and longevity.  According to the Tao, when you restore harmony within yourself and the body, you strengthen your connection to the natural rhythm and cycles of nature all around you.

By adding acupuncture to your health regime, you can expect to regain overall function and mobility as well as improve your own flow and quality in life. 

Conditions treated often include:

  • Injury, Accidents and Chronic Pain
  • Addiction and Weight Loss
  • Insomnia and Poor Sleep
  • Fatigue and Lack of Motivation 
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • Hay fever and Allergies 
  • Poor Memory and Lack of Focus
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks and PTSD
  • Anger, Irritability and Depression 
  • Anorexia and Eating Disorders 
  • Weak Immunity and Frequent Colds
  • IBS Crohns and Constipation


Acupuncture can also assist through various stages and life transitions as well as support fertility, pregnancy and menopause. 

What can I expect from my first session?

During your initial intake and consultation, your acupuncturist will ask you to describe your current condition or chief complaint, as well as discuss your health history, energy levels, appetite, sleep habits and general lifestyle. Traditionally a tongue and pulse diagnosis is made to confirm any internal patterns underlying your primary areas of concern. Your acupuncturist will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition and answer any questions you have before you begin your session. Overall you can expect to feel lighter and more relaxed with a marked improvement to your condition.

Depending on the severity of your chief complaint, your acupuncturist will recommend a consistent treatment plan when necessary. Otherwise, the benefits of Acupuncture can be applied as needed to promote a deep sense of calm and tranquility. 

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