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How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture theory is based on the flow of “Qi” (most often translated as the body’s vital energy) through twelve meridians, or channels. Each channel corresponds to a different internal organ, such as the liver, heart, stomach, or spleen , and connects in a network that runs through the body, cycling from one channel to the next. Acupuncture heals the body by stimulating specific points on these channels that can impact biochemical and physiological conditions in the body as well as stimulate sensory receptors. These sensory receptors then signal nerves to transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain where neurotransmitters and endorphins are released, easing pain, promoting healing and improving immune function. In this way Acupuncture is able to address specific health concerns, and strengthen your overall health and well-being.

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Commonly Treated Ailments

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical disorders. The following list includes some of the conditions that are treated by Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Pain Relief

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Surgery Rehab
  • Muscular Tension / Injury Recovery

Women’s Health

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Painful / Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Infertility
  • PCOS
  • STDs

Digestive Disorders

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Respiratory Disorders

  • Colds and Flu
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Allergies

Emotional Health

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Fertility Support

  • Irregular Periods
  • Infertility
  • IUI / IVF Support
  • Male Reproductive Health

Paige Bourassa with acupuncture patient

Shen Medicine Services

In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine training, our background also includes Holistic Nutrition, Psychology, Ayurveda, and Cranio-Sacral therapy, which we incorporate into our treatment sessions.

Shen Medicine Services

Full List of Services Offered

  • Acupuncture

  • Cupping

  • Tui Na

  • Electro-Stimulation

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • 5 Element Acupuncture

  • Chinese Herbal Prescriptions

  • Life Coaching

  • Holistic Nutrition

  • Ayurveda

  • Detox Plans

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