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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Recently science has determined that human beings are complex bio electric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influence the health of the entire being.

How Can Acupuncture Treatments Benefit Me?

  • Eliminate or dramatically reduce chronic pain.
  • Improve your sleep habits, feel less fatigue, increase your vitality and stamina.
  • Strengthen your immune system, get sick less and recover quickly if you do get sick.
  • Reduce your long-term health care costs (e.g. avoid surgery, decrease medications).
  • Enhance a positive attitude!

How does it feel?

After insertion of the needles a patient may have the feeling of heaviness, distention and movement that comes and goes. These sensations can signify the release of one's blocked qi (energy) that can stimulate the body's innate healing mechanisms. Some people are energized by treatment others are relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.

Can acupuncture be effective when other treatment modalities have not helped me?


Acupuncture is often used as the treatment of last resort in this country. It can also be used in conjunction with other therapies, to reach desired results.

How many treatments will I need?

It is impossible to tell until I have had a chance to asses your health condition in an initial evaluation. Every person is unique and there are many factors that contribute to achieving a positive result. The patient may also have to incorporate lifestyle changes to achieve an appropriate treatment response. It is normally the cumulative effect of treatments that can provide a better treatment outcome.