What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healthcare aimed at naturally promoting health and alleviating sickness through the stimulation of very specific anatomical points, known as acupoints, throughout the body. These points generally lie along meridians, or energy channels, that run through and along the surface of the body. It is believed that pain and sickness occur when these channels become blocked, and by correcting these imbalances, acupuncture restores an even flow of qi (pronounced ‘chee’), which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. This is achieved most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. Acupuncture is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine.

How does Acupuncture Work?

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. Like rivers of energy, these meridians flow along regular pathways to irrigate and nourish the body's organs and tissues. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. An obstruction in the movement of these pathways is like a dam that backs up the natural flow of energy, causing an imbalance that manifests as sickness and pain. Acupuncture works by removing the obstructions in the energy channels, or meridians, in the body restoring the natural balance and smooth flow of energy throughout the body.

Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

When administered by a licensed or certified practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe form of therapy. The needles used in modern-day treatments are pre-sterilized, very fine, and for one-time use only.

Does it hurt?

Do Acupuncture Treatments Hurt?

For most people, acupuncture causes minimal to no pain. The needles used during acupuncture are very fine and are nothing like the hypodermic needles used to give injections at a doctor's office. Although a mild sensation is sometimes felt when the needles are inserted, it is usually painless. At times, a tingling, dull ache, or warm sensation may be experienced at the point where the needle is inserted. This is a desired effect and should not be uncomfortable.

What to expect on your first visit

The frequency and number of treatments varies from person to person. Some people experience significant improvement after a couple visits while others take weeks or months. Chronic conditions generally take longer to resolve than acute conditions.

Our acupuncturist should be able to give you an idea of how many treatments will be needed after she becomes familiar with your unique situation and needs. She may suggest one or two treatments per week during the initial phases of treatment, and then less frequent treatments as the condition improves.

How many treatments will I need?

Visiting an acupuncturist is similar to visiting other healthcare providers, but we do things a little differently. From the moment you enter through our doors, you'll be greeted by our friendly Front Desk member, who will be eager to assist you. We'll offer you organic-flavored water, that differs everyday, or tea, and you'll be asked to fill out the proper forms that we need to get you in our system and provide us the needed background on you.

Our acupuncturist will ask about for a detailed health history. She then may examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Your initial acupuncture visit will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes as it is necessary to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique health condition while focusing on your main concern. Subsequent visits will last 45 minutes.

To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 40 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.

Our Acupuncturists

Annie Haas


Dr. Aidan Keeva

Conditions Treated

Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System

such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, fibromyalgia, insomnia, dizziness, and low back, neck and shoulder pain