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
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
Ear, Nose, Throat Other Benefits
Ringing in ears Immune disorders
Poor hearing Addictions
Toothache Appetite Control
Mouth sores Fibromyalgia