I love to answer questions and talk about Chinese Medicine in person, and I tried to answer questions on the individual pages of this website, but I found there were also other questions to be answered, so I addressed those here.

If this list didn't address your question, feel welcome to text, email, or call.

Your initial visit will cover two one hour appointments that are within 7 days of each other this way we have time to gather the information we need and ask each other questions with time to think.  In these two sessions you will also receive two treatments.

Being an acupuncturist is a bit like being a medical detective, once I have clear evidence I will formulate initial diagnosis and treatment strategy.


What is...

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Conditions Treated

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete health care system developed over 2,500 years ago in China. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi Gong, and Tui na massage are the integral components of this ancient medicine.

Chinese Acupuncture

Both preventative and curative in nature, acupuncture works by regulating the body’s energy as it flows along pathways called meridians. A blockage in the flow of energy may result in an imbalance that can lead to any number of medical conditions. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points along these meridians with the shallow insertion of very fine, sterilized, single-use, disposable needles. After a comprehensive intake, an array of points are chosen based on your individual condition to rebalance your body and restore the free flow of energy.

For the Needle Sensitive Although most people find the idea of acupuncture needles more worrisome than the actual needles themselves, there are cases in which patients may opt for therapies that do not involve the use of needles at all. For the needle sensitive (and for children), there are non-needling techniques that are used with productive results. Magnets and moxibustion are gentle ways to stimulate acupuncture points. Moxibustion uses the herb Artemesia Vulgaris to warm specific areas of the body to improve circulation and blood flow. Traditional meridian massage and cupping techniques are also particularly effective – as well as soothing. If you have concerns about any treatment, you can request gentle, non-needle techniques or ask for a demonstration of the modality before treatment.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

An important component of Chinese Medicine is the use of plant substances to treat various health conditions. As practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine, we comprehensively assess the whole person – as well as a patient’s primary health concern – and create an individualized herbal formula that effectively treats her/his unique health concern with little to no side-effects. Herbal medicine can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or by itself. Leaves, flowers, seeds or roots are prepared in traditional formulas to effectively treat and prevent disease. Common herbs include cinnamon bark, ginger root, ginseng, orange peels, licorice, and mulberry. We use only the highest quality herbs from vetted companies. Herbal formulas can be prescribed as teas, capsules, pills or tinctures.

Conditions Treated

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are part of a complex and comprehensive medical system that has been refined over the last 2,500 years. It is both curative and preventative in nature and effectively treats acute and chronic conditions. The National Institutes for Health and the World Health Organization recognize Chinese Medicine’s ability to treat many common clinical conditions.

Below is a partial list of conditions treatable by acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Because this medicine treats each person as unique, it is always best to consult us about your particular concerns.
Top 10 Conditions Treated

  • Back Problems
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Headache
  • High Blood Pressure
  • “Digestive Problems”
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Women’s Health and Fertility

Other Conditions Treatable by Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Common Health Concerns

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Addiction
  • Weight Management
  • Stress Management
  • Post-Operative Recovery
  • Musculo-skeletal Problems

Musculo-Skeletal Pain (e.g. Knee pain, Back Pain, Neck and Shoulder Pain), Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, TMJ, Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Tension Headache, Fibromyalgia
Respiratory Problems

Common Cold, Allergies, Sinusitis and Rhinitis, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, AsthmaGastro-intestinal Disorders

Indigestion, Acid Reflux/ Heart Burn, Bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chron’s Disease, Constipation, Diarrhea, Gastritis, Colitis
Neurological Disorders

Headache and Migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia, Facial Palsy (early stage, within 3-6 months), Paralysis Following a Stroke, Peripheral Neuropathies, Sequelae of Polio (early stage, i.e., 6 months), Meniere’s Disease
Men’s Health

Prostate, Infertility, Impotence