Acupuncture is the practice of inserting tiny needles (as thin as a human hair) into specific points in the body. The practice of acupuncture has been in use for over 3,000 years and can be used to treat a range of problems including mental, physical, and emotional problems. Acupuncture in the US is most commonly used for pain relief, but it can be used to treat many conditions ranging from anxiety to digestion issues to insomnia.
Acupuncture comes in many forms. We practice several different styles in our office: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Five Element Theory, Taoist acupuncture, auriculotherapy, dry needling, moxibustion, and electro-acupuncture. By combining the strengths of all of these methods, we are able to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Auriculotherapy is a treatment where acupuncture needles are inserted into the ear. By treating only the ear, an acupuncturist can affect the whole body! Auriculotherapy is often used in treating addictions such as smoking, and can be used in younger patients than standard acupuncture.