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Acupuncture 101

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, very thin needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture seeks to release the flow of energy in the body, known in TCM as “qi.” Research has found that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, as well as impacts the nervous system, digestive system, endocrine and immune systems, and cardiovascular system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can support healing and promote balance.


For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of conditions. Acupuncture is an effective therapy modality for the management of pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, stress, digestive problems, and inflammation, according to a growing body of clinical research. Research has also noted benefits to the endocrine system, immune system, and neurological system.

Even mainstream physicians are increasingly advising their patients to try acupuncture as either an add-on or standalone therapy option. Aside from filling in the gaps and addressing concerns left unaddressed by Western approaches, acupuncture also offers an alternative to potentially harmful medications.

Conditions Treated

While the research community is only just beginning to discover the full potential of acupuncture and TCM, practitioners and patients have enjoyed the many benefits for thousands of years - and counting!

Patients turn to acupuncture for a range of issues and health concerns, including:

Pain Management / Musculoskeletal Issues

  • Acute and Chronic Pain

  • Backache/Back Pain

  • Arm and Shoulder Pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Degenerative Disc Disorders

  • Arthritis and Joint Pain

  • Disc Problems

  • Leg and Knee Pain

  • Localized Traumatic Injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Muscle Cramping

  • Pain in Hands, Feet, Fingers

  • Sprains & Strains

  • Neck Pain

  • Sports Injuries

  • Tendonitis


  • Parkinson’s

  • Post-Operation Pain

  • Stroke Rehab

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Neuralgia

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Concussions

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Vertigo


  • Allergies

  • Common Cold

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Sinusitis

  • Tonsilitis


  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Nervousness

  • Neurosis

  • Traumas


  • Bloating

  • Celiac Disease

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Gas

  • Acid Reflux/GERD

  • Chronic Diarrhea

  • Indigestion

  • Constipation

  • Crohns

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

  • Gum Problems

  • Post-Extraction Pain

  • Tinnitus

  • Hearing Loss

  • Poor Vision

  • Toothache

Gynecological/Women’s Health

  • Cramps

  • Obstetrics

  • Menstrual Problems

  • PMS

  • Infertility

  • Menopause Symptoms


  • Urinary Incontinence

  • Kidney Infections

  • Frequent Urination

  • Kidney Stones

  • Neurogenic Bladder

  • Recurring Urinary Infections

Other Benefits

  • Diet, Nutrition and Weight Control

  • Athletic Performance

  • Immune System Health

  • Autoimmune Issues

  • Blood Pressure

  • Adrenal Disorders

  • Cardiac Palpitations (Irregular Heartbeat)

  • Energy and Vitality

  • Thyroid Disorders

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Insomnia

  • Deep Relaxation

  • Diabetes, Insulin Resistance

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

  • Pain Management

  • Impotence

  • Nausea

  • Orthopedic Conditions

  • Smoking Cessation

  • Tension Syndromes

  • Stress Reduction

  • Weight Loss

  • And more!

What to Expect at Your First Orlando Acupuncture Appointment

At the beginning of your first Orlando acupuncture appointment, your acupuncturist will conduct a comprehensive health history. You will be asked a series of questions about your health, symptoms, lifestyle, disorders, etc.

Your Orlando acupuncturist may examine your tongue, check your pulse, and palpate various areas on your body to help determine which organs and meridians are out of balance. During this time, we invite you to discuss any health issues or concerns you have, as well as ask questions.

Your acupuncturist will use the information from your assessment to customize a treatment plan just for you. Together you will work to rebalance your body, treat health issues, and promote wellness and vitality. Your Orlando acupuncturist will also select the appropriate acupuncture points for your session.

When it’s time to begin the acupuncture portion of your initial appointment, you will either lie down or sit on a table. Needles will be inserted on specific points on your body, and you will spend approximately 20-30 relaxing with the acupuncture needles in. Your Orlando acupuncturist will check on you throughout your session to make sure you are comfortable. Most acupuncture patients report feeling little to no pain upon insertion of the needles. Some patients feel so relaxed during their appointments that they fall asleep, and some even report feelings of euphoria during or following their session.


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