Acupuncture is a form of health care that promotes the body’s natural healing process. It involves the placement of small, sterile, single-use needles just below the surface of the skin at specific points on the body. Painless and relaxing, the needles are placed at various depths to alleviate specific ailments and restore proper balance to the body.

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine, a system of healing that dates back thousands of years.  In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option with a statement documenting the procedure's safety and efficacy for treating a range of health conditions. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, while evidence indicated it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more.  

At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force or energy, known as qi ("chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Achieving the proper flow of qi promotes health and wellness. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which vital energy, namely qi runs.  Qi flow is disrupted due to trauma, poor diet, environmental toxins or mental and emotional difficulty.  To restore balance, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians.  Chinese medicine, which encompasses acupuncture, chinese herbs, chinese massage, eastern nutrition and Qi gong, help to restore imbalances by promoting the body's natural ability to heal itself.  

References: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Independent Review and Analysis Report


Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with a tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Throughout its history, it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions. Herbal formulas mostly consist of plants, and few include animal or mineral products as well. They may be dispensed in raw, powder, granule or pill form. Like acupuncture, herbal medicine is recommended for many different types of symptoms and conditions.  You may elect to have an herbal consulation soley or herbal recommendation in combination with your acupuncture treatment.  Your clinition will be happy to discuss the best option for your indivdual needs and health care goals.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

The Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System for anti-aging

Mei Zen acupuncture includes rejuvenation of the face, neck and abdomen, and is a gentle, natural therapy for improving the radiance and natural beauty of your skin. This method of cosmetic acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine, which improves your health and ... Read more

Pediatric Care

Acupuncture and acupressure (which involves non-needling), are helpful for many child and adolescent health issues including: Stomachache, Headache, Pain due to injury, Attention difficulties, Nausea and vomiting, Earache, Colds, Sleep problems, Bed wetting, Stress, and Dermatological issues

Both of my children actively utilize acupuncture in conjunction with their primary medical care received by their pediatrician.  Acupuncture does not need ... Read more

Women's Health

Women of all ages can benefit from acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a whole. Chinese medicine has long addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives and many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments. Health concerns commonly helped by acupuncture include: Menstrual pain, Irregular menses, ... Read more

Additional Services

Tui Na (pronounced "twee nah") is a form of Asian bodywork that has been used in China for centuries. A combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation, tui na works by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent ... Read more

Pain Management

Muscular-skeletal pain conditions: Chinese medicine, namely acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many muscular-skeletal conditions, including both short-term and long-term pain. Common symptoms we address are pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling. This also includes imbalance and lack of coordination, that may manifest as well. Acupuncture works by stimulating vital ... Read more

Sports Injuries

Sports injury encompasses a large area of medical concerns, many related to muscular-skeletal conditions. It includes problems that result from physical training and competitive sports. It was and still is one of the primary means of healing for the martial arts. Acupuncture has shown to be an effective treatment for ... Read more

Additional Conditions Treated

Digestive Conditions: Nausea and vomiting, IBS, Acid reflux, Indigestion, Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea

Respiratory Conditions: Sinusitis, Colds, Coughs, Environmental allergies, and Asthma

Skin conditions: Eczema, Urticaria, Psoriasis, Rosacea and Acne

Other Conditions: Post-operative recovery, Cancer treatment symptoms, Quitting smoking, Post-stroke rehabilitation, Anxiety, Insomnia, Bell's palsy, Fatigue, and Excessive sweating

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