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Acupuncture is part of a system of medicine that originated in Asia over five thousand years ago and stimulates the natural healing abilities of the body. It is a tradition rich in theory and clinical application that also has the ability to focus on disease prevention. To an acupuncturist, illness is the manifestation of disharmony of the body’s life energy; of what we call Qi (chee). Qi flows in pathways, or meridians, throughout the body and the internal organs, thus integrating the body in an organic way. By inserting very fine needles into the acupuncture points, the areas where the Qi can be accessed, the acupuncturist is able to adjust imbalances within the body and thereby treat pain and disease.

Your acupuncturist's aim is to alleviate your ailments and improve general body health and function. Several factors contribute to determine the number of treatments required to effect change. These include your particular character and constitution, age, lifestyle, overall health, and the severity of your complaint. Acupuncture's effects are cumulative, long lasting, and enhanced by appropriate diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Classical herbal formulas of Chinese medicine date back to the third century BC, and continue to be the foundation of herbal formulas today. Patients may choose treatment with Chinese herbal medicine alone, or combined with acupuncture. Herbal powder extracts or raw herbs are combined in a custom-made formula for each patient based on their unique symptoms. Formulas are modified over time and/or as symptoms change.

A partial list of conditions that can be treated with Oriental Medicine:

Women's Health: infertility, morning sickness, induction of labor, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menstrual irregularity, PMS, pelvic pain, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, polycystic ovary syndrome

Cancer and Treatment Side Effects: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, constipation, neuropathy, post-operative healing, tumor pain, anxiety, depression, dizziness, improves immune function

Psycho-Emotional Health: stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, PTSD

Neurological: headache and migraines, neuropathy, Shingles-induced pain and post-herpetic neuralgia, tremors, Bell's Palsy

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat: allergies, sore throat, sinusitis, dizziness, vertigo, Meniere's Disease, asthma, colds/flu, bronchitis, chronic cough

Cardiovascular: palpitations, poor circulation, high blood pressure

Digestive: constipation, diarrhea, Crohn's, colitis, IBS, acid reflux, hemorrhoids, nausea, vomiting

Genitourinary: urinary tract infection, incontinence, frequent urination, painful and/or difficult urination

Musculoskeletal: arthritis, back/neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, TMJ, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, fibromyalgia

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