Q) What is acupuncture?

Developed over 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is a medical treatment that involves the gentle insertion of disposable, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points of the body. One of the goals of acupuncture is to balance qi and have it flow freely throughout the body's meridians.

Qi, or vital energy, exists in all living things. We gather this vital energy from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and from our own body. Meridians, like rivers inside the body, carry this vital energy to specific organs and glands. The acupuncture points are specific locations where these meridians come to the skin's surface.

Q) What are the benefits of acupuncture?

  • Pain Relief
  • Shorter Recovery Time After Injury
  • Less Stress
  • Enhanced Mood
  • Better Sleep
  • Improved Immune System
  • Low Cost

Q) What conditions does acupuncture treat?

According to the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been proved – through clinical trials –

to be an effective treatment for the following:

  • Adverse Reactions to Radiation and/or Chemotherapy
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Facial Pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, Essential
  • Hypotension, Primary
  • Knee Pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Malposition of Fetus
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Periarthritis of Shoulder
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Renal Colic
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis Elbow

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture's therapeutic effect has been shown but further research is needed include:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acne
  • Alcohol Dependence and Detoxification
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cholecystitis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Non-Insulin Dependent
  • Earache
  • Epistaxis
  • Eye Pain
  • Female Infertility
  • Facial Spasm
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Insomnia
  • Lactation, Deficiency
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction
  • Meniere Disease
  • Neuralgia, Post-Herpetic
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sore Throat
  • Spinal Pain, Acute
  • Stiff Neck
  • Tobacco Dependence
  • Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic
  • Urinary Tract Infections

For more details or to read the entire list of conditions that benefit from acupuncture, visit the World Health Organization's website (click here).

Q) How does acupuncture work?

There are five popular theories to explain how acupuncture works.

  • The Augmentation of Immunity theory suggests that acupuncture raises levels of antibodies, white blood cells, certain hormones, and immunoglobins
  • The Endorphin theory proposes that acupuncture encourages the body to secrete endorphins which suppress pain and reduce the perception of fatigue
  • The Neurotransmitter theory states that levels of Serotonin and Noradrenaline are affected by acupuncture thereby altering sleepiness, alertness, thermoregulation, and mood
  • The Circulatory theory proposes that acupuncture has the effect     of constricting or dilating blood vessels as a result of the body's release of vasodilators in response to the acupuncture needle.   This theory accounts for how acupuncture treats both high and low blood pressure
  • The Gate Control theory suggests that when the part of the   nervous system that regulates pain, called the "Gate" becomes overwhelmed with too many impulses, it closes down and

          reduces pain


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Q) What is a Chinese herbal formula?

A Chinese herbal formula combines individual substances (roots,

plants, minerals, etc) chosen specifically to treat a patient's current condition or symptoms.

Q) What are some conditions that can be treated with Chinese herbs?

  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Cold and Flu
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Low Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress
  • Urinary Tract Infections



Q) What is tuina?

Tuina is a form of Chinese bodywork characterized by the smooth gliding or rolling movements of the hands and arms. Techniques such as pushing, grasping, kneading, pressing, scrubbing, and stretching are used to address a wide variety of musculoskeletal and internal organ disorders. Tuina may also be used preventatively to promote overall health and well-being.

Q) What are the benefits of tuina?

  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Increase red blood cells and white blood cells
  • Improve the function of internal organs
  • Shorten recovery time from soft tissue injury

Q) What conditions does tuina treat?

Tuina treats a variety of disorders including those of the musculoskeletal system, internal disorders, and gynecological disorders. Here are a few examples:

  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems (digestion, IBS, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Headache / Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual dysfunction and peri-menopausal life-cycle changes
  • Musculoskeletal condition
  • Repetitive motion stress & injury (carpal tunnel syndrome, etc)
  • Sore throat
  • Stress-related disorders
  • TMJ


​Q) What types of payment do you accept?

I accept Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express – including Health Savings Credit Cards.

Q) Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance at this time. However, I am happy to provide you with an itemized receipt for your services that you may submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance carrier to determine whether or not acupuncture services are covered.

Q) What is your late arrival / cancellation policy?

Your treatment time has been reserved especially for you. Every effort is made to ensure your appointment begins and ends on time. In order to honor the treatment time reserved for each of my patients, late arrivals may have their treatment time reduced by the amount of time they are late. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, I ask that you kindly give a minimum of 24 hours notice. Messages received after close of business day are considered to have been received the following business day and will not fulfill the 24 hour requirement. Same day cancellations or no-shows are subject to full charge of service against their account.