What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the most-recognized therapy within Chinese Medicine, a system of healthcare that is over 4000 years old. It is a relatively non-invasive, gentle experience for the patient, but can yield impressive results. If needles make you nervous, there are other powerful means of treatment within Chinese medicine, including tui na, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, liniments, and internal herbs. These treatments work, in part, by acting upon the nervous system. When the brain’s messages fail to get through to cells and organs, cellular repairs are left undone, pain may develop as the body tries to alert us, and sometimes internal disease develops.


The nervous system is the body’s messaging system. It is made up of the Central Nervous System (CNS – the brain and spinal cord) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS – the network of nerves that run throughout the body). Additionally, there is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS – heart beat, respiration, etc), the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS – fight or flight) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS – rest and digest). Acupuncture points can be utilized to fine-tune each of these parts of your nervous system.
Neurons (nerve cells) pass messages to each other using a special type of electrical signal. Some of these signals bring information to the brain from outside of your body, such as the things you see, hear, and smell. Other signals are instructions for your organs, glands and muscles. (https://askabiologist.asu.edu/neuron-anatomy)
Proper communication via the nervous system is necessary between cells and between the organ systems for the body to carry out its daily tasks. Failure of even some of these daily tasks eventually results in illness.


To keep our bodies working properly, we need to eat healthy food in the right amounts, sleep well, exercise, and avoid chemicals which are foreign to the body. How many of us actually manage that in today’s busy world? Not many. That is where Chinese medicine provides an important service. Acupuncture and other treatment methods work with the body’s communication system to tune it up so it operates as efficiently as possible. Illness and pain is alleviated, and even healing is significantly faster than with western medicine alone. You sleep better, have more energy, and heal faster than before. Inflammation is often reduced substantially. Many of our diseases have inflammation at their core – this is very important.

Chinese medicine and western medicine can exist together and aid each other. They do not have to be antagonists to each other. Western medicine relies primarily upon biology and chemistry to diagnose and treat a problem. Eastern/Chinese medicine relies primarily upon physics – how electrical impulses are or are not transmitted through the nervous system – to diagnose and treat a problem. Christine combines training in both Western anatomy and physiology with Chinese medicine’s physics to bring the differing perspectives together, addressing the root cause instead of merely masking the symptoms.

With properly administered Chinese medicine, chiropractic medicine, and western medicine, the best quality of health can be maintained. The framework of health is what you do on your own time: how you live, eat, sleep, and move. We can help you with your cravings, sleep, and movement so that you heal faster, feel better, and live life more fully.


The World Health Organization and NIH have published multiple statements to its effectiveness in treating an ever-growing list of acknowledged ailments. These ailments include asthma, allergies, acid reflux, pain, depression, ADHD/ADD, injuries, the common cold, extreme fatigue, shoulder/elbow/wrist/hip/knee/ankle problems, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, chemotherapy and radiation treatment side effects, irritable bowl, and much more. The needles are very fine, not hollow, and have no medicine on them. They are used only once and then disposed of into an approved sharps container. Insertion is very different than what people usually associate with “shots”. Often patients ask if the needle was inserted – they didn’t even feel it. In some cases, Christine can effectively treat without using needles, due to additional training in martial arts healing therapies. So if needles worry you, call us to discuss. Children are treated without needles in most cases, and their parents have received positive notes from teachers when symptoms are no longer showing up in the classroom, even when the teacher is unaware of the treatment sessions.