Acupuncture is a complex medical protocol with an inception in China over 2500 years ago. Traditionally acupuncture has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent disease, as well as improve general health and well-being. When a person seeks treatment with an acupuncturist a thorough history and physical assessment are completed to evaluate a person’s overall health. A diagnosis is established after a comprehensive assessment is completed and a treatment plan is established. The actual treatment involves the use of steril single use fine needles inserted in specific areas of the body to move and balance qi to bring about a healing response. Acupuncture also uses other modalities such as herbs applied or burned topically over the skin or on needles, herbs taken internally, and modalities such as cupping and guasha and electro-acupuncture to balance the qi and restore health. One of the most important pillars in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a person’s physical structure. Part of the acupuncture assessment includes assessment of a person's structure and form and then Tuina (a form of Asian bodywork) can be used to improve structure and allow for the free flow of qi and blood throughout the body.

If you are tired of the seven minutes you get with your Western Medical Practitioner try Acupuncture where you get your practitioner's undivided attention for the better part of an hour. If you are fed up with walking away from your appointment with more prescription drugs try a gentler approach that can restore your health without the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs. Acupuncture is an excellent tool for disease prevention as subtle imbalances are corrcected before disease develops.

World Health Organization statement on Acupuncture

The use of acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many types of conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in that report.

There are many other conditions that have been successfully treated with centuries of empirical data to support the efficacy. However, there has been little reserach done in Western Medicine to provide data to confirm effectivenss. If you have questions regarding about a condition not listed below, please contact me to address your specific situation.

Psychological Conditions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Somatization disorder
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia

Neurological Conditions

  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
  • Paresis following stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Disc problems

Musculo-skeletal Conditions

  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Work and sports related injuries
  • Low back and/or neck strain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
  • Sciatica

Respiratory System Conditions

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold and allergies*
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central retinitis
  • Myopia (in children)
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Toothaches, post extraction pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Spasms of esophagus and cardiac
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity (i.e. acid reflux)
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Paralytic ileus

Gynecological Conditions

  • Infertility *
  • PMS
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause syndrome
  • Benign irregular menstruation
  • Benign amenorrhea

Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Essential hypertension

Other Conditions

  • Withdrawal from recreational and pharmacological drugs
  • Appetite suppression