Though the roots of Acupuncture go back 5,000 years, the practice as it is today is recognizable back to about 2,000 years ago. In this millennia old history, acupuncture has travelled throughout China and into many other countries. It has been influenced by both the traditional medicines from areas as diverse as ancient Greece, India, Central Asia, as well as modern medicine from the West. There is no one way, or orthodox way to approach acupuncture. In light of this, there are some defining characteristics that all schools of acupuncture share. My approach has been evolving since the first needle I inserted in 1994, and I have a diverse skill set for the various needs that are called for in the diverse atmosphere of clinical practice. The particulars of my approach are something we can discuss as they pertain to your needs.
If you have never had acupuncture, it can be most simply summed up as follows: The insertion of a sterile disposable needle into specific points in the skin/fat/muscle for the purpose of providing treatment according to the theories of Chinese medicine. How it works is still up for debate, as there are a few ways that have been identified that describe the effects of acupuncture. What is becoming less and less of a debate is whether or not it does work. Simply google NIH (National Institutes of Health) and acupuncture, you will find a growing number of conditions that are recognized as being treated by acupuncture.
If you have questions about acupuncture and whether it is appropriate for your condition, please contact me, I am happy to discuss this with you.