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What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture and how can Acupuncture help you?

By Michael Hoppe, L.Ac

Why do Acupuncture professionals practice? Answer: To bring higher levels of health and wellbeing into their patients’ lives. Despite achieving these results for millions of patients every day, many people remain unaware of Acupuncture’s amazing success rate. So what is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture effectively treats an expansive array of health conditions and is part of the dynamic and integrated health system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM.

The practice has benefited patients for thousands of years and has been in use for more than 4,500 years. Its growth and use in health care today speaks volumes about its effectiveness in serving patients’ needs, relieving their symptoms and addressing health issues or imbalances. Practitioners work to uncover the underlying cause or root of health issues and to activate the body’s natural self-healing abilities.

How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncturists help you heal by working with your body’s energy. We are all composed of energy, and science has long agreed that every “thing” in our world is made up of energy. It gives our world form, including our bodies. Its goes by many names, including Prana, ATP, Vital Force and Qi (pronounced “chee”).

In Acupuncture, Qi energy provides the motive force in our lives. It’s required for movement, growth, protection and every internal body function. Qi flows along meridians inside the body and on its surface. Many people liken them to energy streams. Meridians interconnect to our body’s organs, other areas and to each other. When Qi energy flows freely, there is balance and, therefore, health. Many health conditions improve just by bringing your body into balance. And Acupuncture has often been extremely helpful for those who have not responded to other conventional forms of treatment.

Stress and Acupuncture
Daily stresses (emotional, physical and environmental) often affect Qi energy levels in the body as well as how it flows within meridians. Your energy can become deficient or blocked. Over time the organ systems and other body areas connected to these meridians become starved for energy, leading to health disorders or disease.

The Acupuncturist is highly trained to detect these blocks or imbalances and employs the painless insertion of tiny thin needles into specific Acupuncture points on the body. By working with these points and meridians, the Acupuncturist removes blocks, adds or removes energy and regulates energy flow to help bring the body back into balance.

A treatment session is typically very peaceful, relaxing and healing. And as treatment continues, the patient's energy and health is tuned and restored.

Common conditions treated by Acupuncture:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon (spastic colitis)
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids


  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Fear
  • Grief

Musculoskeletal & Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis


  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flu

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy &
    Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control
  • Pain & so much more.
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