What is an Acupuncturist?

Acupuncture and east Asian medicine focus on the treatment of the body’s energy called “Qi”. Qi flows throughout our bodies and allows us to move, sleep, eat and heal from illness or injury. Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific areas on the body redirect the body’s energy flow to improve health and function. The treatment of acupuncture results in little if any discomfort to the patient and for most people it is a very relaxing experience. Acupuncture is well known for its ability to reduce pain, but is a useful tool in almost any healing process.

Acupuncturists are also trained in a treatment technique called cupping where glass or rubber cups are applied to the skin with suction to move Qi, improve blood flow and reduce pain. Think of it as “reverse massage’ using suction rather than pressing down into the skin. This technique helps bring stagnant qi to the surface, so the body can release it and heal.

Afraid of needles? Not to worry. We have many patients who are not big fans of needles. Prior to your first treatment she will take the time to explain exactly what to expect during your treatment and help to calm any fears you may have. She is happy to answer any questions before, during or after treatment.

Acupuncturists are also trained in East Asian herbal medicine, Asian medicine nutrition principles and lifestyle recommendations which may be incorporated into your acupuncture treatments to make sure you get the most out of each session.