Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are based on an understanding of health through balance. It's specifically based on the theory that energy, called Qi (pronunciation: "chee" - meaning energy), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Pain reduction and pain relief
Stress and tension relief
Increased energy levels
Relief from bad habits and addictions
Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Treating with Acupuncture | What Happens During Acupuncture?
Our acupuncturist will give you an exam and ask questions about your pain and how well you are functioning. She will also also ask about your overall health.
Then, she will look for the places (called points) on your body to access the chi that is blocked or not flowing right. Each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions. Your provider will look for landmarks on your body—using certain muscles or bones, for example—to find the points so that he or she can place the needles.
After the provider finds the points, he or she will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin. He or she will probably place several needles. Some may be placed deeper than others, depending on what the provider believes is needed to restore the flow of chi.
A typical treatment lasts for 45 minutes to an hour. You may have several visits to complete your treatment. Some people have ongoing visits.
Traditional Chinese medicine includes many techniques beyond acupuncture. Nutritional advice, herbal medicinals, massage, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha are all effective at alleviating symptoms and re-establishing an optimal state of balance.
Michael Portera, MSTOM, L.Ac. and Reiki Teacher
Michael earned his Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine and has been practicing in the field since 2007. Previous to that he studied the Japanese arts of jujitsu & Reiki since 2001. It was the intersection of these physical & energetic fields of study that lead him to his acupuncture practice. He has experience with sports medicine, traumatic injuries, neurological disorders along with internal organ disharmonies presenting themselves as stress, digestive issues, infertility, or weak immune systems.