The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture and how it works is due to the belief that your body has channels of energy that follows a very specific course. These channels are called meridians and can be affected and influenced by needling areas along their pathway called acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles help stimulate these channels and allows the energy of the meridians to flow freely. This helps the body begin the process of healing. 

The scientific explanation (or one of them) is that acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system and release endorphins throughout the body. 

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

This is a very common question. People can have different experiences with acupuncture.  Some people report feeling energized after their treatment while others become deeply relaxed. The sensation of the needles once they are inserted also tend to vary from person to person. Many people aren't even aware that the needles have been inserted while other people claim to feel energy moving around the acupuncture needle. 


Cupping involves placing specialized cups of varying sizes on the skin and creating a negative pressure to lift the underlying tissue into the cup. Usually there is a feeling of slight pressure and tightening of the skin around the cup. The purpose of cupping is to remove stagnation in the acupuncture channels and increase circulation to relieve pain and remove toxins from the body. Many times the cups leave the skin red but will disappear within hours to a few days. 

Gua Sha

Gua Sha literally translates to "scraping bruises". People find great relief from this therapeutic, painless scraping technique. By scraping a lubricated area of your skin, the resulting petechiae will cause an anti-inflammatory and immune response which can reduce pain and tissue adhesion. 

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Treatments typically include:

  • Tongue Evaluation

  • Pulse Diagnostics

  • Acupuncture

  • Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

  • A Plan for Continuing Treatment