Acupuncture originated in China over 2,000 years ago making it one of the oldest and most utilized medical procedures in the world. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms.

Qi is circulated in the body along fourteen energy pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. There are over one thousand acupoints within the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi. When special needles are inserted into these acupoints (just under the skin), the flow of energy is corrected and balanced to restore health.

Conditions Treated By Acupuncture

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.

   “One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” 1997 NIH Consensus Development Conference

Common imbalances acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is effective at treating include:

  • Addiction – drugs, alcohol, smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Facial Paralysis/Palsy/Tics
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccups
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS
  • Low Back Pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sore Throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist Pain

Safe and Painless Acupuncture

Acupuncture rarely causes pain.  Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair.  In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort.  A patient may experience some heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or up and down the affected energy pathway or meridian.  If there is any discomfort it is usually mild.

When performed by a qualified professional, acupuncture is one of the safest medical procedures. A licensed and certified practitioner is one who has completed a three to four year program at a nationally approved school, passed national certification exams, and actively seeks continuing education. B


Miranda Marti is Whole Life Medicine’s Licensed Acupuncturist.  To schedule an appointment please call our front desk at (425) 398-9355.

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