Can Acupuncture Help You?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing, with a history of continuous use stretching back over 3,000 years.

Today it is practiced extensively throughout the Orient and increasingly in the West, and is the second most practiced medical system in the world

Acupuncture began with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas of the skin affected the functioning of certain organs of the body. It evolved into a therapeutic system as the connection between the skin and the organs was better understood and more sensitive ways of stimulation were devised. Extensive research in acupuncture directly influences the hormonal, nervous, and immune systems.

In the West, acupuncture as been misleadingly represented as only being helpful in specific conditions, for example, pain or weight loss; whereas in fact, it is effective in a wide variety of conditions through its power to stimulate the body's own innate healing responses


Acupuncture begins with a diagnosis of the individual's energy imbalance. Health is considered to be a function of the smooth flow of energy or "Qi" (chee), through a series of pathways or channels, which link and unite all parts of the body into a single integrated whole. Each internal organ has its corresponding channel. If for some reason the circulation of this energy is disrupted or blocked, then organs associated with the channels will work less effectively and ill health will result.

Whether an organ or channel is malfunctioning is revealed in many ways, for example, by the various symptoms produced: the facial color, emotional state, changes in the texture and feel of the skin and muscles along the channel pathway, and the appearance of the tongue and the feel of the radial pulse (located over the artery on the wrist).

The purpose of diagnosis is to establish which channels or organs require adjustment to restore the smooth circulation of energy, and thus balance the whole system.


Treatment is the process of reestablishing the energy balance. This is done in two ways. One is the insertion of fine stainless steel needles into acupuncture points, the other is the application of warmth to an acupuncture point. These methods are often used in combination. Generally, between two and ten points are selected for treatment, depending on the nature of the problem.

What can Acupuncture help?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. For example, anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, […]

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What happens when I come in for treatment?

For your initial visit, the acupuncturist allows enough time to gather information on

  1. your symptom(s), the history and treatment […]

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Does it hurt?

Some people would like to try acupuncture but may not because they assume it will be painful. The needles used are solid and […]

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What about my doctor?

If you have been seeing your doctor, you may want to tell him or her that […]

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What about
needle sterilization?

State and federal agencies have established stringent standards of hygiene and[…]

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