Home / TCM Acupuncture

TCM Acupuncture

The Science of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a subject dealing with the prevention and treatment of disease by needles. Acupuncture uses pre-sterilized, disposable needles on the surface of the body to stimulate organ function. Traditional Chinese Medicine has identified more than 500 different acupuncture points where needles can be inserted for a specific desired effect. Utilizing pathways that are called meridians, vital qi energy (pronounced “chee”) can be transported through the body.

Illness or symptoms are associated with an imbalance or blockage of this vital energy.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a mainstay of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of healing. It is not based on anatomy but founded on centuries of observation and case studies. QI (pronounced “chee”) energy, or the vital life force, flows through 14 meridians or energy channels in the body. These meridians link organs to the rest of the body. In addition, each organ connects to an emotion; for example, the lung to grief, the spleen to worry and the liver to anger. When the energy flow is disturbed, people can get sick or distressed. Physical ailments can be caused by a sub-merged emotion: for example, severe asthma may indicate a deep-seated sadness. The meridians come to the surface of the body at hundreds of different points. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into these acu-points to suppress or stimulate the release of energy, thereby restoring harmony and correcting the imbalances that cause disease.

What does acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization has determined that acupuncture is an effective therapy for over 200 clinical conditions.  Some of these conditions include:

Autoimmune Diseases:

  • Frequent Infection and Inflammation
  • Frequent Cold and Flu
  • Allergy Sensitivity, Sinusitis & Asthma
  • Arthritis, Osteoporosis & Gout
  • Skin Problems (Eczema)
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer, AIDS & HIV Support Therapy

Digestive Systems Disorders:

  • Acid/Alkaline Balance & Food Allergies
  • Liver & Stomach Problems
  • Gallstones & Gall Bladder Attacks
  • Acid Reflux & Ulcers
  • Diarrhea & Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Hemorrhoids

Nerve System & Mental Disorders:

  • Emotional Stability
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Learning Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Loss
  • Vertigo

Circulation System Disorders:

  • Heart Palpitations
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • High/Low Blood Pressure
  • High/low Cholesterol
  • Stroke

Pain Control (Musculoskeletal Disorders)

  • Headache
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Vertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Vertebral Disc Herniation
  • Nerve Pain
  • TMJ
  • Sciatic Nerve

Female & Male Concerns:

  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • PMS
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Impotence
  • Prostrate


  • Skin Care – Face Lifts
  • Weight control


  • Smoking Cessation

Why people with cancer use acupuncture?
People who use acupuncture often say that it helps them to feel relaxed and that it improves their overall feeling of well being. One of the main reasons people with cancer use acupuncture is to help relieve sickness ( nausea ) caused by chemotherapy or other cancer drugs, and other symptoms such as:

  • Tiredness and weakness ( fatigue )
  • Dry mouth
  • Breathlessness
  • Hot flushes due to anti-cancer treatment.

Acupuncture treatment have shown positive results in controlling pain. For example: Joint pain is a common side effect of a type of hormone treatment for breast cancer, Acupuncture can promote better circulation, and reduce joint pain and stiffness caused by drugs. Acupuncture help cancer patients reduce nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and have better appetite. Acupuncture can help nerve changes due to chemotherapy, hot flushes, dry mouth, anxiety and mood changes, sleep problems and related tiredness.

Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system. The goal of an infertility treatment from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective is not just to get pregnant, but to stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby. Among many other benefits, acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term. Acupuncture infertility treatment can improve both male and female, such as low sperm count or motility, anovulation and endomertriosis.

Acupuncture also help the body prepare for conception, providing an optimum environment for the egg, sperm, and successful implantation. Acupuncture is a stimulation of QI and Blood , also Yin and Yang. Building up your Yin and Blood development, and the tonifying  Yin and Blood would increase Blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus.

The benefits of Acupuncture for Infertility:

  1. Promotes strong ovulation and facilitate the smooth release of an egg.
  2. Helps to build more follicles in the ovaries.
  3. Reduces uterine spasms which will help implantation phase.
  4. Improves sperm count , motility , quality and density in men.
  5. Helps to regulate menstruation and ovulation.
  6. Eliminates underlying inflammation.
  7. Increases blood flow to the ovaries, improving their function.
  8. Regulates the immune system.
  9. Increases blood flow to the uterus, thus improving the quality of the uterine lining.
  10. Relieves stress and indirectly clamps down the stress hormones which otherwise would impede fertility.

How can acupuncture treat Lyme Disease Syndrome?
Patients who are treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2-4 week course of antibiotics will have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some cases, symptoms can last for more than 6 months.

Acupuncture is an excellent alternative way to treat the symptoms. It has no side effects and can be combined with traditional western medicine to relieve symptoms, such as: Arthritis pain, stiff neck and severe headache, numbness,weakness in the limbs, or poor coordination, memory loss, difficulty with concentration, insomnia.

Acupuncture help Relieve Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture has been used to treat seasonal allergies symptoms with great success. The treatment is directed toward clearing the nasal passages, supporting the immune system and strengthening it to prevent allergic reactions from recurring. Seasonal allergies are caused by the body's hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Symptoms include running noses and watery eyes. In TCM, acupuncture looks for constitutional or more deeply rooted signs in each person who presents with allergies. The principle here is treating the whole person.

Acupuncture for Skin Conditions
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Skin diseases are generally caused by internal disharmonies, such as lack of Qi and Blood, or environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness, and heat. Stress, diet, and the individual's constitution also contribute to these patterns. Acupuncture treats skin diseases in a unique manner. It addresses both the root (Cause) and the symptoms of a Skin condition. Symptoms include: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Shingles, Vitiligo, Uticaria (Hives), Warts, Chloasma.

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture
Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective method to help the skin glow, look smoother and feel younger. Many are choosing acupuncture instead of invasive procedures. Facial acupuncture can improve the look of your skin but also helps with the long term health of this delicate organ.

The benefits of Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture:

  • Tightens pores
  • Eliminates fine lines
  • Diminishes deep set wrinkles
  • Improves color of skin by increasing blood circulation
  • Reduces puffiness of the face and eyes
  • Lifts skin and decreases sagging.

How does acupuncture help with menopause?
Acupuncture is effective for relieving the symptoms of menopause in both men and women by balancing hormones and reducing stress. Reducing and eliminating sleeplessness, restless agitation, emotional distress, exhaustion, weight gain, hot flashes along with aches and pain.

How does acupuncture help stress?
Stress can cause a wide of effects on our bodies, thoughts,emotions, and behaviors. Different people may feel it in different ways. Some people experience mainly digestive symptoms, others may have headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger and irritability. Effects may range from aches and pains to fatigue and forgetfulness, and eating disorders and drug or alcohol abuse.

Over time, continued strain on your body from chronic stress may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety ,and other illnesses.

Acupuncture has shown to be an effective solution by many to treat systems associated with stress. Stress tends to tighten up the muscles, leading to several aches and pains. Acupuncture helps to alleviate this pain by open up the meridian channels to allow energy to flow freely and relax the muscles. Acupuncture increases the circulation of blood and oxygenates the tissues throughout the body while cycling out cortisone and releasing natural painkillers. Other benefits of acupuncture include decreasing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening the immune system.

For more information please go to the Biofeedback page and watch the videos "The effect of stress to your body" and "Tips on how to manage everyday stress" For more information about over weight please go to Nutrition Page Weight Loss Solution.

How does acupuncture help the digestive system?
Acupuncture has been helping digestive function for thousands of years. As acupuncture addresses healing from a holistic perspective, we see that a healthy digestive system is at the root of all wellness. Our digestive systems are intimately connected to our immune system. Acupuncture helps the direction of the digestive energy to go in the correct direction, which is from the mouth downward through the entire system to the anus. Acupuncture also helps with the functions of absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste.

Acupuncture has the ability to sooth a gallbladder attack, gallbladder inflammation, IBS, chronic inflammation, to control pain and balance the appetite.

Acupuncture for Weight Loss
Weight gain is a result of imbalance in the body. A history of overeating, irregular eating, and even thyroid dysfunction all contribute to a slow metabolism. Acupuncture increases metabolism by stimulating the thyroid and endocrine glands stabilizing blood sugar levels as you loss weight.

Acupuncture for weight loss works for both Cause & Symptoms:

  • It helps improves digestion
  • Elimination
  • Increases energy
  • Reduces addiction ( Hunger/Cravings )
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces pain
  • Regulates hormones
  • Calms your nervous system
  • Reduces anxiety for better mood
  • Creates the sensation of fullness
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Decreases desire for binge eating
  • Decreases desire to snack excessively.

Proper nutrition and herbal medicine combined with acupuncture help weight loss solution.

Read more information on Nutrition -TLS Weight Loss Solution

What are acupuncture needles like?
All of our acupuncture needles are disposable, pre-sterilized and stainless steel. They range from an array of fine and flexible varying lengths and diameters. An acupuncture needle does not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needles does, and it slides smoothly through tissue. The depth of the needle depends on the location of the blockage, while the needle length varies from 13 to 150 millimetres.

Where are needles inserted?
Exactly where the needles are placed depends on the ailment being treated. For menstrual and other abdominal pains, one needle may be placed into an acupuncture point on the inside of the lower leg just above the ankle; at the juncture of the spleen, liver and kidney channels. For seasonal allergies that cause a runny nose and itchy eyes, needles may be placed in points on the hands, face and thighs, as these are the meridians that cause allergic reactions. The needles are typically left in place for 15 minutes to half an hour.

What can I expect during my acupuncture treatment?
You may experience a mild tingling sensation. Acupuncture is a very calming treatment which leaves you with a feeling of relaxation. You may feel drowsy or tired for a few hours after your treatment or experience a sensation of heaviness in the areas that have been treated.

Is acupuncture suitable for children?
Since children typically do not like sitting still and are often afraid of needles, parents might consider alternative energy therapies such as Biofeedback.

Is there any risk with acupuncture?
Our acupuncture needles are stainless steel, pre-sterilized and disposable which ensures that there is no risk of disease transmission.

How many sessions will I require?
The number of sessions required to correct an imbalance depends upon the condition and its severity. Recent injuries and conditions seen at an early stage will often improve quickly. Chronic conditions usually require additional sessions and are typically spaced out over several weeks. Often maintenance treatments are recommended to prevent a recurrence.Patients often experience dramatic results with the first session. Relief may last or some pain may return. In some cases, there may be no immediate relief, only to notice the pain diminish over the next few days.

How should I prepare for an acupuncture session?
It is a good idea to eat a light meal and empty your bladder before treatment. Since acupuncture moves your energy patients may feel dizzy or a little light-headed if they don’t have something in their stomachs. For this reason the needles are normally inserted while laying on the back. Avoid drinking alcohol, eating a large meal or fasting before your appointment. Do not wear make-up on the day of treatment or brush/clean your tongue. Visual inspection is a primary means of diagnosis for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and avoid the use of perfumes and colognes.


Click on the links below to download requested form:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Meridiani Energetici