What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves palpation and acupressure (tuina massage) as well as the insertion of fine, sterile, stainless steel needles at very specific points where qi is said to enter and exit the body. Acupuncture helps facilitate the free flow of energy throughout the body, reduce pain, regulate organ function, and enhance well being.

Tools of acupuncture also include observation, listening, inquiry, touch, sorts and sizes of needles, various types of heat and fire, oils, cupping, scraping, and various types of electromagnetic stimulation.

A skillful practitioner chooses points with functions that correspond to the individual's pattern of imbalance on multiple levels, bringing internal and external into harmony.

What can you expect?

One may or may not experience a prick as very fine needles penetrate the skin. Beneath the skin, one may experience a dull ache, radiating warmth or coolness, heaviness, or an electric feeling, either locally or between needles in different regions. These are all considered therapeutic sensations.  

After treatment, it is quite common to feel tired or forgetful. One may also feel calm and relaxed, or mildly euphoric. After a rest, it is common to feel renewed and refreshed.

Needles are generally inserted below the elbows and knees, or parallel with the spine, as well as around the affected area of concern. If there's inflammation, needles are inserted in the affected Channel, above and below the area of inflammation. Sometimes an electric current is conducted between needles, sometimes the needles are warmed, sometimes other tools are used. The number of needles used may vary from two to twenty. For more serious and chronic conditions, a course of treatment is generally ten visits. Results may be immediate, the next day, or up to 72 hours later.  See Integral Program

Acupuncture Clinic

The acupuncture clinic serves members of the Integral Program that have completed an initial assessment and agreed upon treatment plan. Mondays 4:30-6:30 and Fridays 5:30-7:30 pm.  

Does it work?

Acupuncture exceeds the standard of care for many conditions. As an integral art, it is not possible to separate an active treatment component from other aspects of the therapeutic encounter. What this means is that acupuncture is multi-faceted and complex paradigm. 

World Health Organization published a list of conditions for which acupuncture has been proven effective. A groundswell of research has emerged since this publication in 2003, including greater understanding into the process of research.


Benefit plans that include acupuncture are welcome