The (medical) doctor sees his patient as a living example of the collected laws and unfinished experiments. He knows the person’s chemistry, the function of his organs, the statistical likelihood of certain kinds of pathology, the visible and laboratory signs of such pathology, and the most likely methods of countering a disease, either by chemical change or surgical intervention.
Planet Medicine- Richard Grossinger
“Restlessness as an enduring condition brings misfortune. Be really whole and all good things will come to you.”
I Ching
“To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture, despite its ancient origins is, according to the NIH, considered an innovative “alternative and complementary” medicine in most western cultures today. This powerful medicine has developed over a 5000 year period. Put quite simply, it is the insertion of very fine needles into the body at selected points along meridians appropriate to each person’s condition. This stimulates Qi, or vital force, circulation through the body, which interrupts disease patterns. Dis-ease is viewed as imbalance brought about through YinYang disharmonies. An acupuncturist’s primary aim is to enable the client to find balance in these instances. The purpose of this stimulation is to influence physiological, emotional and psychological functions in the mind and body of the patient. Acupuncturists can successfully treat a variety of health problems. They accomplish this through regulating and strengthening the body’s Qi. This holistic approach offers a superior strategy for optimizing health addressing suffering and pain.

What is a treatment like?

First the practitioner conducts an intake enabling a comprehensive picture of the patient’s condition. This includes asking questions, including medical history, examining the tongue, pulse, palpating the abdomen, and affected meridians. Then the patient lies on a special table while the needles are placed. Generally there is little if any pain during insertion. Some clients describe, “a slight pinch.” When needles are inserted, there can also be a heavy, achy, or tingly sensation near or along the meridian of the needled site. This is a sign that Qi is flowing in the area. After placement the client is left to relax for about 25 minutes. Sometimes one can feel certain points “communicating” along their respective meridians. A client may fall asleep or feel deeply relaxed. The entire process usually takes about an hour. Frequently the patient will feel immediate changes in the problem area. The course of treatment varies with the type of complaint, and varies from with different conditions. Generally 5-10 treatments can solidify the usually immediate results.

What is acupuncture effective for according to the NIH and World Health Organization?

• Musculoskeletal pain
• Respiratory disorders
• Gastro-intestinal problems
• Skin irritations
• Gynecological discomfort
• Neurological dysfunction
• Immunological diseases
• Psychological issues
• Addictions/compulsions

Often an acupuncturist can help when Western medical procedures and drugs are not effective or appropriate. The two agencies have found what many communities have known for thousands of years: Acupuncture and herbs provides effective treatment for many of the diseases we continue to experience.