Gentle Acupuncture

Gentle Acupuncture provides the most natural and whole health care for those seeking to maintain good health or having conditions which call for treatment.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing modality, a healing tool of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has been successfully administered for more than 5,000 years. A typical acupuncture treatment involves penetrating the skin with tiny needles, but some styles of acupuncture (Japanese toyohari, for instance) don’t require such penetration.

According to the TCM view, a vital energy called qi flows through the body along channels called meridians. When qi flow is blocked it stagnates. Stagnating qi causes illness. Acupuncture therapy unblocks the qi flow, strengthens or weakens the qi (like opening and closing a garden spigot) and directs it to areas of need.

A holistic practice, acupuncture seeks to re-establish the body’s healthy equilibrium and function, as opposed to forcing healing using surgery or pharmaceuticals. Interestingly, Chinese practitioners were not the only (and may not have been the first) to identify these energy pathways in the body. The frozen body of a man recovered, well-preserved from the Alps, features tattoos that correspond to Chinese acupuncture’s qi meridians.

Some people, including older Western M.D.s, still talk about whether or not they “believe” in acupuncture. This thinking is ill-informed and outdated. One might as well speculate about whether to believe in aspirin, morphine, insulin, surgery or an MRI. The question is not whether acupuncture works, but how it works, and whether it is the appropriate therapy for a particular syndrome, problem, symptom, disease or patient. In a clinical setting and performed by a licensed professional (licensure is by state), acupuncture is effective for a variety of situations.