Acupuncture is the practice of inserting a sterile, thin needle into various points on the body for the purpose of removing energetic and/or physical blockages from the acupuncture channels. We may also use acupuncture to help support or tonify a particular organ if it is weak. Acupuncture was developed by the Chinese approximately 2000 years ago as a method for treating both acute and chronic illness. Today we use acupuncture to treat a wide range of clinical complaints including:
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  • allergies
  • common colds and flu
  • general or localized pain
  • headaches
  • immune system deficiencies
  • gynecological disorders
  • dermatological conditions
  • substance abuse
  • weight management
  • digestive disorders
  • traumatic injuries
  • stress and anxiety
  • insomnia
  • chronic fatigue

To see a complete list of diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment, please visit the website of the World Health Organization, by clicking here. For small children or those who are needle-phobic we offer acupressure which stimulates the points using finger pressure or a small magnet or seed applied to the point with tape.

How Acupuncture Works

The way in which acupuncture works is not completely understood. One theory suggests that stimulating acupuncture points on the extremities will activate the peripheral nervous system, which in turn sends a message to the brain. The brain receives this message and may respond by releasing powerful neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, which can have a profound effect on things like pain and mood. Acupuncture may also help to:

  • Increase circulation, which brings nutrients to injured tissue and opens up blockages that cause sore muscles and other pain
  • Strengthen the immune system in order to prevent or treat allergies
  • Release pain killing endorphins to diminish or eliminate pain
  • Regulate hormones, blood pressure and body temperature to bring the body back into a more balanced and relaxed state