Q & A

What is Traditional Oriental Medicine?

Developed in Asia over 4,000 years ago, Traditional Oriental Medicine is an ancient medical system based on the understanding that health is determined by a balanced flow if Qi, (pronounced “chee”) or energy. Qi is circulated through the body via energy pathways called meridians. Each of these meridians through which Qi flows is linked to an internal organ system. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi.

Is Acupuncture Safe? Is it Painful?

When performed by a qualified professional, acupuncture is one of the safest medical procedures in the world. 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. In the hands of a trained and licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposed of after each treatment.


Acupuncture rarely causes any 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 a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. The most common side effect of acupuncture is a sense of calm and well-being.

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

A comprehensive system of pharmacology that employs the use of over 400 herbs, plants, minerals, and animal products, Chinese herbal medicine treats a full range of human disease. It treats acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, and autoimmune diseases. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is effective at not only promoting the body’s ability to heal but also preventing future imbalances.