How does acupuncture work?

There are many explanations for how and why acupuncture works. These include western medical rationalizations, as well as eastern philosophies about things like qi, wind, heaven and earth, and many other cool ideas integrated over the past 3,000 years. 

What I find most important and interesting to focus on as a practitioner and patient is that acupuncture, through western and eastern eyes, helps to regulate various functions in your body. Meaning: a few tiny needles actually allows your body to heal itself. Blockages (both material and non-material) get unstuck, blood flows more easily, and you feel more integrated. Your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves are not separate compartments, but make up one complete being - acupuncture is a reminder of that. The self-healing property of acupuncture is unique from nearly every other medical system, and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 3,000 years.

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What does acupuncture actually treat?

Acupuncture is probably most known in the west for treating pain: low back/sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, arthritis, etc. While it is very good at treating pain, it is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • common cold/flu

  • allergies/hayfever/asthma/sinus conditions

  • high and low blood pressure

  • headaches and migraines

  • anxiety/depression/stress/wide range of mental/emotional concerns

  • insomina/poor sleep

  • digestive issues

  • gynecological/PMS/irregular or painful periods/fibroids

  • fertility/pregnancy

  • chronic illness or fatigue/auto-immune issues and disease, including HIV/AIDS

  • Bell's Palsy/shingles/spasms/tremors

  • skin conditions

  • side effects of chemotherapy

  • diabetes/heart disease/other major illnesses

  • and much more!

Your Appointment:

Once you've made an appointment, you can fill out all needed paperwork online. Just go to the paperwork tab on this website.

When you arrive, the door will be unlocked. Please enter quietly as treatments may be in progress; take off your shoes at the door; and wait for me at the small table in the front. I will do a streamlined intake, focusing on your primary concern(s), and then take your pulse/look at your tongue (methods of diagnosis). Part of being a community clinic means seeing multiple people in an hour. I will never rush you, but I will keep our conversation focused, so we can get you napping with needles as soon as possible!

You will rest for 30 - 50 minutes depending on the treatment we are doing. If it makes sense and the table is free, you may be able to rest longer if you like.

What should I wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing is always best for treatments, as it provides easy access to your knees and elbows, and it's more relaxing. Sometimes you will be asked to remove your top or pants in order to have access to your back, torso, and legs. Sheets and blankets are always available for cover up.

Are there side effects?

Side effects of acupuncture and herbal treatments are infrequent, and tend to be very mild if/when they occur. They are rarely cause for concern. If you experience any soreness, bruising, digestive upset, dizziness, fatigue, or anything else that feels unusal or alarming, please don't hesitiate to contact the clinic. I find acupuncture to be a powerful and safe healing modality, and want you to experience that too.

What are those Eight Extraordinary Meridians you keeping talking about?

The eight extraordinary meridians (or the 8 extras) are meridians (or channels) that "formed the form". Meaning, they are the channels that run up our spine, down our midline, and helped create our arms and legs. While acupuncture often focuses on our organ channels (the heart, the lung, the liver...), focusing on the 8 extras allows us to shift and transform deeply held patterns and beliefs about ourselves and the world. When harmful or traumatizing things happen to us, especially as children, one theory is that the events get laid down in these tracks/meridians and create blockages. Just like any other channel that has a blockage, acupuncture works to remove the obstacle to allow for the free-flow of qi, blood, and other body fluids. In this system, when the blockages of past trauma or negative historical experiences are allowed to move and disspiate, and qi and blood can flow more freely, then anxiety, depression, stress, grief, insomnia all start to lessen, transform, leave the body. Coming to Jaadu does not mean you have to receive these treatments, but they are an option to you if you're interested.


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