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According to our resident acupuncturist, Katerina Pozzi Baratta, MSOM, Acupuncture is a treatment method in which a practitioner uses tiny sterile needles on specific points in order to influence the Qi dynamic throughout the body.

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a word used to described the life force that flows through every living thing.

Acupuncture is based on the theory that there are meridians, or energetic channels, all over the body which act as pathways for Qi to flow. Qi should be fairly balanced in a healthy person, but in reality everyone has areas in which Qi is relatively stronger and others in which it is weaker.

Acupuncture treatments aim to restore balance in the channels to bring the person as a whole into a healthier and more vibrant state of being.

A classic Chinese principle is that when Qi flows, there is no pain, when Qi is stuck, it causes pain. This pain can be both physical or emotional.

Through the stimulation of specific points and channels on the body, acupuncture boosts deficiencies, reduces excess, and removes blockages in the channels so Qi can flow better and the body can heal itself naturally.

When administered by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is very safe and a highly effective treatment choice for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Fertility
  • Menstrual irregularities and pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Addiction
  • Emotional problems
  • and more

But while acupuncture may be the most famous form of Chinese medicine, it is far from the only one!

Chinese medicine treatments often include a lot of other modalities as well, including herbal medicine, bodywork, cupping, moxabustion, qigong, nutrition & lifestyle counseling, and more. 

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