How does it work?

The healing that takes place during an acupuncture session feels very natural, and can be astonishingly quick.

Often times people will say that they feel "Great" and "more normal" or "more like myself again"after acupuncture treatments, and this is why:

Acupuncture works with your body's own life energy to do the healing and make the adjustments you need to feel better. 

This is the same energy you were born with, that keeps your blood pumping and your lungs breathing for your entire life.

This energy which causes life- a.k.a. bioelectricity, Qi, or prana- runs through every cell in the body and has an innate intelligence connected with your blueprint, which knows exactly how to be healthy and perform optimally.

Acupuncture is a gentle, extremely safe and effective method of promoting healing and balance in the body. 

Using extremely fine painless needles to strategically access your body's own energy, your body-mind is signaled to return to its natural state of relaxation, rest and repair. 

In this calm state, a great deal of healing takes place naturally, during the resting period of an acupuncture session.

I use a blend of ancient and modern theory, and I tailor every treatment is to address your particular condition in that moment. 

No two treatments are the same, because each person is unique, and every circumstance is unique in time.

What kinds of things can be helped with acupuncture?

The short answer here is: Everything!

People find acupuncture to be a helpful support in keeping themselves healthy and able to come out ahead during stressful periods, or during major life changes.  

Conditions I have personal experience successfully treating include:

Acute and chronic joint pain, acute and chronic back pain, acute and chronic sports injuries, trauma (physical or psychological), digestive disorders (acute and chronic constipation, GERD, hiccups, nausea, appetite issues, eating disorder), chronic and acute anxiety, stress, depression, emotional distress, grief, shock, addiction recovery, anger management, chemotherapy recovery, cancer remission therapy, surgery recovery, stroke recovery, dermatological conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis), symptoms of autoimmune disorders,  migraines, headaches, hormonal issues (thyroid, pituitary, reproductive), women's health (menstrual issues, change of life - a.k.a. menopause), men's health (prostate issues, ED, or low T).

What are "other modalities" in Chinese medicine?

During an acupuncture session, other methods besides needles can often be used.

These other methods are called "adjunctive modalities"

which are like the other tools in the acupuncturist's “toolbox” of medicine. 

Depending on your condition, your acupuncturist may choose to use any combo of the following physical methods during your treatment, to help you heal better:

Moxibustion (also, "moxa")
A technique using dried shredded therapeutic herbs, most commonly mugwort (artemisia argyii), which are burned and used to warm the body, for cold and deficient conditions.

A technique involving applying cups to the body with the use of suction, used to draw out and move stagnation.

Tui na
Literal translation from Chinese= "push/pull".

This is Chinese medical massage, with certain pressing and rubbing techniques used to affect the channels.

Gua sha
A technique involving scraping an area of the skin with a dull tool, to release muscles, to dredge and help with detox, for "heat" and "wind" and other conditions.

Essential oil therapy (also known as Aroma-point therapy)
Pure essential oils are placed directly on acupuncture points on the skin and held for varying lengths of time.

They have an affinity for the emotional body, or the limbic system of the brain.

Joanne Hsieh, LAc 

Licensed Acupuncturist

Certified Herbalist