I’ve been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 10 years and people who’ve never had acupuncture always ask me: “Why does Acupuncture work?” Here’s a short answer to what could be a long explanation.

Acupuncture is Energy Medicine. It’s all about moving energy. Here are a few examples: If your energy is stuck and you’re in pain, acupuncture can get the energy moving and get you out of pain. If your energy is going the wrong way and you’re throwing up, acupuncture can get it moving in the right direction. If your energy is very depleted and you’re exhausted, acupuncture can help to boost your energy. If you’re very stressed and your energy is going in many directions, acupuncture can “harmonize” your energy and get you feeling calmer and more in control. If you’re sick with a cold or flu, an acupuncture treatment can get you on the path to healing faster. Often more than one treatment is necessary, especially if you are dealing with a chronic problem.

What can acupuncture treat? Anything that you wouldn’t take to an emergency room. Most people think that acupuncture is just for pain, but that’s far from the truth. I’ve treated people with hepatitis, shingles, diabetes, asthma, severe headaches, all manner of women’s health concerns (painful periods, overdue pregnancies, menopause symptoms), various autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, skin issues, even depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Most acupuncturists are generalists—we’re used to thinking on our feet and solving problems—as far as I’m concerned that’s the best part of our job.

If I understand what’s going on in your body, I’ll know what to do to resolve the situation. When I start with any new client, I perform an in-depth consultation to review your needs and determine your path.