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Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture are about balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. Inserting needles into specific points along  meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In addition to acupuncture, other traditional Chinese medicine services offered include cupping and herbalism.

Conditions effectively treated by acupuncture

In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in that report. Please note that there are plenty of additional conditions which centuries of empirical data have shown acupuncture treats effectively but for which there is little or no modern western research. If you have questions about a condition not listed below, our acupuncturist would be happy to address your specific situation.

Psychological Conditions

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Somatization disorder
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia

Neurological Conditions

  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
  • Paresis following stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Disc problems

Musculo-skeletal Conditions

  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Work and sports related injuries
  • Low back and/or neck strain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
  • Sciatica

Respiratory System Conditions

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold and allergies*
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central retinitis
  • Myopia (in children)
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Toothaches, post extraction pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Spasms of esophagus and cardiac
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity (i.e. acid reflux)
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Paralytic ileus

Gynecological Conditions

  • Infertility *
  • PMS
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause syndrome
  • Benign irregular menstruation
  • Benign amenorrhea

Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Essential hypertension

Other Conditions

  • Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
  • Appetite suppression

About Sarah Marie Palazzolo, LMT, LAc, MS-TCM

Sarah has a masters degree in Chinese medicine, a certification in Chinese herbs and a license in Acupuncture and Massage therapy. She has been working in busy clinics since 2000, providing pain relief through the use of massage, trigger point stretching, acupuncture, Thai massage, cupping, guasha, and herbalism.  Sarah is dedicated to getting results for even the most recalcitrant of symptoms. She has mostly focused on pain, but also had results in treating endocrine disorders, reproductive, infertility, allergy sinus, skin problems, eye problems, and other ailments.

She fell in love with Chinese medicine after reading "The web that has no weaver" by Ted Kaptchuck, which describes the eastern worldview of the body as a microcosm of nature, and as a cosmos of our own.


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