Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Oriental Medicine originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is presently used as a primary health care system throughout the world. It is a method of balancing and building the body’s life force or energy known as “qi” (Chinese) or “ki” (Japanese).

Acupuncturists recognize particular pathways called “meridians” through which this energy circulates. From the perspective of Oriental Medicine, disease is the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. Such imbalance manifests in physical, emotional and psychosomatic stress-related disorders. The diagnostic process takes into account our physical and emotional constitution, and incorporates the external environmental or lifestyle influences that may be related to the symptoms. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points along meridians in order to disperse the blockage and mobilize the body’s natural healing response. Needling is one of a number of energy balancing techniques. Also included in Oriental Medicine are dietary counseling, massage techniques, herbal formulas, and moxibustion.

Symptoms and diseases are not isolated occurrences, they are signs pointing to an underlying imbalance within the body.  Oriental Medicine treats not only the symptoms of an illness, but also aims to correct the underlying imbalances that have caused the illness to arise. This treatment approach results in better overall health, and it helps to prevent the return of an illness and its symptoms in the future.


As acupuncture evolved over the years in different parts of the Asian world, a number of styles emerged. Each one differs in its diagnostic protocols and treatment modality. Our clinic specializes in Japanese Acupuncture. One of the treatment philosophies underlying Japanese Acupuncture is to use the least amount of acupuncture-point stimulation to effect the greatest amount of change.  Japanese acupuncture needles are much thinner, fewer are used and the needling is more gentle and superficial, resulting in a more comfortable experience for the client. The pulse at the wrist is re-examined and new points are chosen as the treatment progresses based on the client’s individual response to treatment. Regardless of the style, an acupuncture treatment should not only be effective, but also a pleasant experience that leaves you feeling refreshed, calm and relaxed.