ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
As in any profession, there is not just one way of doing something.  There are many styles of acupuncture and many ways of treating within each of these styles. We call this the art of Oriental medicine, because each practitioner can chose from a palette of different treatments to give you the best result.

One idea shared by all forms of Oriental medicine (OM) is the idea of meridian pathways in the body (see photo on right).  These meridians carry an energy we call qi (pronounced "chee").  By accessing these pathways at specific acupuncture points, we affect the health of the body, bringing balance and stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.

In the United States, we are most familiar with a style called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Within TCM, there are many treatment options. 

I also have additional training in a very gentle Japanese style called Toyohari Meridian Therapy.  In this style, the techniques used are such that most people never feel the needle and some different tools are used. Sterling silver and gold are the metals most often used, each with specific funtions.

                                        For example, the tool on the left is a sterling silver "Enshin" (shin
                                        means needle in Japanese).  It has a large rounded tip that is rolled
                                        across the skin and helps ease muscle tension and is very soothing.

                                        The "needle" most frequently used is called a Teshin.  It is used to
                                         bring balance to the body.  It, too, has a rounded tip that is touched to
                                         the  skin.

CONDITIONS TREATED

Since acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or improved. Oriental Medicine (OM) is a comprehensive system of preventative health care and health maintenance.  The effectiveness of OM is well documented and extends beyond the conception it is only used for pain management.  This is just a short list of the many conditions The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health have determined can be successfully treated with acupuncture.

Neurological                               Respiratory                             Gynecological              
Headache                                    Allergies                                    Infertility                           
Migraine                                       Asthma                                     PMS
Post-operative pain                      Bronchitis                                 Menstrual cramps
Stroke recovery                            Common cold or flu                 Menopause
Facial pain & palsy                                                                       Menstrual problems
Trigeminal neuralgia                                                                                          Obstetrics
Dizziness & vertigo                                                                       Lactation
  
Musculo-skeletal                         Emotional                              Digestive
Low back pain                               Insomnia                                 Chronic diarrhea
Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis         Depression                                         Indigestion
General pain                                 Anxiety                                                  Constipation
Sciatica                                          Neurosis                                               Abdominal pain
Traumatic injuries
Numbness   
  
Ear, Nose, Throat                         Other Benefits
Dental                                           Stress
Ringing in ears                               Immune disorders
Poor hearing                                  Addictions
Toothache                                      Appetite Control
Mouth sores                                   Fibromyalgia
                                                      Chronic fatigue
                                                      Hypertension
                                                      Impotence