Acupuncture is the use of super-fine, sterile needles, which are used to stimulate specific points along the body. Needles are inserted or used to stimulate the surface of the skin.  According to Chinese medicine, qi (“chee”) or energy, flows through the body on specific pathways. When the energy in these pathways is blocked, blood and fluids may become blocked as well.  There can be pain, discomfort, tissue and organ dysfunction.  Use of needles at specific “acu-points” along the body allow the body to unblock congestion and rebalances the flow of qi and fluids through the body.   Acupuncturists may use tools other than or in addition to needles to help balance the body’s qi and fluids, including acupressure, cupping (the creation of suction using glass or plastic cups to release adhesions and re-nourish tissues), moxibustion (the burning of moxa, or Chinese mugwort, near acupuncture points to increase circulation) and gua sha (the application of friction and pressure designed to increase blood flow and move stagnation in congested tissues).

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO)  recognize acupuncture as effective for treating the following conditions:

  • Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat Disorders:   Sinusitis • Sore throat• Hay fever • Earache • Nerve deafness• Ringing in the ears • Dizziness • Poor eyesight
  • Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure • Angina pectoris • Arteriosclerosis • Anemia
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome • Spastic colon • Colitis • Constipation • Diarrhea • Food Allergies • Ulcers • Gastritis • Abdominal bloating • Hemorrhoids
  • Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation • Endometriosis • Menopause • Fibroids • Chronic bladder infection • Complications in pregnancy • Morning sickness • Kidney stones • Impotence • Infertility in men and women • Sexual dysfunction
  • Immune Disorders: Candida • Chronic fatigue • HIV and AIDS • Epstein Barr virus • Allergies • Lupus • MS • Hepatitis
  • Addiction: Smoking Cessation • Drugs • Alcohol
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety • Insomnia • Depression • Stress
  • Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis • Neuralgia • Sciatica • Back pain • Bursitis • Tendonitis • Stiff neck • Bell’s palsy • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Headaches and Migraines • Stroke • Cerebral palsy • Polio • Sprains • Muscle spasms • Shingles
  • Respiratory Disorders: Asthma • Emphysema • Bronchitis • Colds and flu
  • Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy and radiation side effects • Diabetes • Dermatological disorders • Weight control

To schedule an acupuncture session, please contact Nicole Sharkey, EAMP, LAc or Karen Kraft, EAMP, RF

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