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Acupuncture has been practiced for several thousand years in Asia. It is now an increasingly common treatment choice for patients on all continents. Acupuncture is the stimulation of points on the body with fine, flexible, sterile needles. Vital energy, or qi (“chee”), flows along an intricate system of energy pathways in each living body. Along these pathways lie the points that are traditionally needled, heated or massaged to improve our comfort and health. Acupuncturists check the movement of qi in each patient’s body and adjust its flow during treatment sessions to encourage a patient’s own body to learn how to balance and regulate itself. The body is a dynamic system constantly trying to keep itself open and flowing. Life’s challenges can sometimes cause imbalance and hinder this process, causing discomfort, pain and/ or internal disorders. Acupuncture works with a person holistically to better their health and promote wellness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as effective in treating a wide range of common illnesses including, but not limited to:

  • PMS
  • Low back pain / Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Smoking cessation
  • General stress
  • Allergies
  • Infertility (male and female)
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pain
  • PCOS
  • GERD (acid reflux)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • TMJ
  • Migraine headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Restricted joint motion
  • Muscle spasms
  • Peri-arthritis
  • Cervical Spondylities
  • Epicondylitis Fascitis
  • Inflammation

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Gout Biliary and Renal Colic
  • Traumatic pain
  • Post-operative pain
  • Labor Pain
  • Reduction in Duration of Labor
  • Regulation of Blood Pressure
  • Stimulation of Immune System
  • Neuralgia
  • Sequeale of Stroke
  • Hemiplegia
  • Aphasia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Facial Spasm
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Acute and Chronic Gastritis
  • Primary Dysmenorrhea
  • Shoulder pain
  • Induction of Labor
  • Lactation Stimulation
  • Hypotension
  • Side effects of chemotherapy
  • Common colds and the flu
  • Regulating hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis

New studies proving the efficacy of acupuncture are published regularly (in fact, acupuncture is the single most researched medical technique in the world with over 700 studies going on at any given time – with overwhelming support for its efficacy). If the condition or health concern for which you are seeking treatment does not appear here, this does not mean that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine will not benefit you.

Contact us with any questions or to see what we can do for you.

Justin Justin Short is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a nationally-certified Chinese herbalist.