Acupuncture views a person as an energy system in which body, mind, and spirit are an integrated whole, each influencing and balancing the other. A universal life energy called Qi ("chee") flows in all living creatures. This energy circulates throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained. Once the flow of energy is blocked, imbalance, pain and disease occur. An acupuncturist unblocks stagnation, removes excess and nourishes deficiency by inserting very fine needles into points along the meridians. The aim of an acupuncture treatment is to regulate the flow of Qi and bring the patient into balance. As the patient returns to balance, healing occurs: increased circulation occurs, pain is reduced, the immune system is strengthened, and the patient experiences an overall feeling of wellness.
I am trained in Kiiko Acupuncture, a style of acupuncture that utilizes system of palpation to evaluate, diagnose and assess the effectiveness of a proposed treatment, Ikeda Acupuncture, Balance Method, and Master Tang.
In addition to acupuncture, other methods and specialties may be used to affect points, meridians, and organs. The methods may include: