About Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine originating from China and dating back thousands of years. There are over 360 acupuncture points along 12 main meridians along the body, each corresponding to a different organ system. Fine needles are inserted at specific points along meridian pathways to remove blockages and allow the inherent wisdom of the body to restore health. Acupuncture practitioners diagnose and treat holistically, so that seemingly unrelated issues all tie together through the lens of this medicine.

Acupuncture is safe, effective, free of side-effects, and can be used as a stand-alone modality or in conjunction with other therapies. The needles are sterile, hair-thing, and solid (as opposed to hollow hypodermic needles). So while each person experiences acupuncture differently, most often there is little-to-no pain sensation with treatment. 

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

The Heart (Fire) stores the Spirits, the Lung (Metal) stores the Breaths, the Liver (Wood) stores the Blood, the Spleen (Earth) stores the Flesh, and the Kidneys (Water) store the Will. Thus is the body formed.
— Suwen, Chapter 23

The Five-Element system of acupuncture sees the reflection of the seasons and nature within our own bodies.  Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood are in each of us, as represented by our organs, our spirits, in the lines of meridians and acupuncture points, and as we pass through each season. 

In balance each individual embodies all of the elements, but as stress or illness occurs and the system falls out of balance, one element often shows a disharmony that needs to be addressed. Through traditional diagnosis, Five-Element acupuncture is able to diagnose and treat the cause of disease in an individual. Because treatment is constitutional as opposed to symptomatic, the root of illness is addressed and lasting change can occur.