About Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic medicine that has compiled more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is practiced around the world both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions and is part of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Clinical success of acupuncture is related in part to the wide range of diagnostic signs and symptoms which are taken into account when looking for an imbalance. For example, when treating a condition such as arthritis in the knees, an acupuncturist will ask an array of questions about your general health, look at your tongue, feel your wrist pulse all in an effort to better understand the root cause of your arthritis. This range of diagnostic information allows the practitioner to develop a treatment strategy that is unique to you and your experience of a particular condition.

There are two common terms in the traditional Chinese medicine system. They are yin and yang. These two concepts are used to describe opposite qualities in all things. For example Yin is thought to be receptive while yang is thought to be active. Yin is substance, and Yang is the energy that animates it. They are two opposite forces and can be described in many ways in relation to each other.  A state of harmony is said to be achieved when these two opposing forces are in balance. If there is an imbalance of the two, the flow of vital energy is blocked and it is believed that disease and other ailments can come about as a result of this imbalance. 

The disruption in the flow of energy and the balance of Yin and Yang can be caused by our emotions, our environment, and our lifestyles. When we are depressed, in grief, angry or fearful, the ability for us to maintain our health is compromised.  The very nature of the environments in which we live in both an emotional and physical context are important and can impact our health. Cold, heat, wind, dryness, and dampness, like humidity, are considered natural pathogens in Chinese medicine. Therefore our exposure to them in our everyday lives is important.  Lifestyle factors like an unbalanced diet, over working, and not enough sleep can also bring about disharmony in the way our body's function, which can later develop into chronic pain or disease.

Researchers believe the nerves in the skin and muscles are stimulated by the penetration of needles at acupuncture points and this produces a wide variety of effects. It causes the system to increase the release of natural painkillers. These natural painkillers, endorphin and serotonin, are released in the pain pathway of the brain and the spinal cord causing the pain signals which are received to be modified.

Stimulation of the immune system is also believed to occur during acupuncture. It has an effect on the release of various hormones that take part in helping the body to react to injury and stress. In cases where the use of Western medicine is said to be limited, like chronic pain management and drug addiction, acupuncture has shown encouraging results.

Commonly Treated Health Concerns

pain management; joint, low back, neck, sciatica, sports injuries

women’s health; menstrual irregularity, infertility

digestive disorders; reflux, Chron's disease, irritable bowel disease

allergies/asthma/sinus disorders; chronic sinusitis, sinus headaches

stop smoking

sleep disorders


emotional well being; depression, anxiety

chronic fatigue

chronic diseases; heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disease

Because Chinese medicine treats a pattern or grouping of signs and symptoms, it is often possible to treat several complaints at the same time. Julianne believes in providing individually tailored treatments to resolve disharmony and restore balance within the body.