Acupuncture is a treatment modality in which hair-thin needles are placed in precise points on the body to relieve pain and move stagnation. It is one part of a healing system that originated in China more than 3,000 years ago. To learn more about the history of acupuncture and what it can treat, visit the National Institutes of Health or the World Health Organization.
As an acupuncturist, I am first and foremost a human being, eager to see other human beings flourish by taking the steps necessary to maintain their own health and well-being. I don’t “fix” things, like a doctor might set a broken bone or a surgeon unclog an artery. I assist clients in becoming better observers of themselves and their symptoms—the actual comings and goings of bodily phenomena.
For instance, if ten people diagnosed with migraines were asked how those migraines show up for them individually, ten very different answers might emerge. One person might have pain in the front of her head, one in the back, and another only on one side; one might have pain in the morning, and another in the evening; one person’s pain might be sharp, and another’s throbbing; one person’s might be because he doesn’t drink enough water, another’s because she doesn’t get enough sleep. I’m not interested in a diagnostic label. I’m interested in how your symptoms are showing up for you.
Using this approach, I help clients begin to detect patterns among their particular symptoms, derive information from their bodies’ signals, and take powerful, informed steps to achieve well-being and balance in their lives.