Acupuncture is the most well known modality in the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine. Having been used all over the eastern part of the world in one form or another for thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been the primary form of health care for roughly a fifth of the world’s population for much of human history.

Acupuncture is based on the understanding that all living things have an integrated force that maintains and directs life. This is true whether that living thing is human, plant, or animal. This force is a form of energy that underlies all biophysical and biochemical processes, and separates living from non-living matter. In Chinese medicine this force is called “Qi” but it is also known in other systems of medicine as life force, vital force, innate intelligence, and prana.

Disturbance to this vital force can come from emotional sources such as shock, trauma, betrayal,  prolonged grief, long lasting anxiety, fear, disappointment or from physical sources such as viruses and bacteria, exposure to extreme temperatures, injuries, malnutrition, etc.  Symptoms that manifest as a result of this disruption, for example digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, etc.  are clues to the underlying problem.  Acupuncture can address the underlying problem and bring the body back to optimal functioning and harmonious health.

Acupuncture has also showed much success in the treatment of anxiety and stress conditions such as panic attacks, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and lowered immune function. Acupuncture regulates the sympathetic nervous system allowing a  profound sense of calm and contentment that continues beyond the treatment room.

Very fine needles are inserted into specific points along meridians in the body and assist in redirecting qi, much like water is directed through an irrigation system, bringing life force to the cells, tissues, and organs where it is needed most.  The needles are disposed of once used.


Moxibustion (moxa) is the method of applying heat to specific locations on the body. The herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is heated on the skin or acupuncture needle. The qualities of the herb penetrate the skin and muscles and are transferred through the meridians.

Cupping is a procedure that is performed by creating a vacuum in a cup and applying it to the skin to create suction. Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and Blood in the meridians and is used in the treatment of pain and to assist in detoxification.

Gua Sha is a common technique practiced in homes as well as clinics and hospitals throughout Asian countries. A round edged instrument is stroked along the skin removing congestion and promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. It is used often to treat pain, upper respiratory disorders and chronic disorders related to toxicity. It is also called “coining” as it was traditionally performed with a coin.

Ion Pumping Cords are a polarized treatment device designed to use the body’s own electrical current. When attached to magnets or needles on acupuncture points they influence the movement of ions and electromagnetic flow throughout the body. They are used often in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and pain.