What’s it like?

I use micro-fine, sterilized, single-use needles in all treatments.  These are NOT the same as hypodermic needles (you can fit about 6-10 acu-needles in the head of one hypodermic needle).  For this reason, acupuncture is generally experienced as a sense of dullness or heaviness, tingling, a tiny pinch, or warmth - or maybe nothing at all!

I do not practice with the theory that stronger stimulation and more needles is more effective, and aim for a gentle, minimal approach.  Most patients find acupuncture sessions deeply relaxing.

How does it work?

Scientists have found that the insertion of acupuncture needles stimulates the body's own anti-inflammatory and pain relieving systems, effectively halting symptoms without the side effects of powerful Western medications.

Acupuncture also has a down-regulating effect on the nervous system, promoting the parasympathetic nervous system- decreasing blood pressure, calming the heart rate, increasing circulation throughout the body and organ systems, boosting immune function, and stimulating the eliminative organs (the digestive system).  It even promotes the body's secretion of endorphins!  This is why many people feel so good after an acupuncture session.