When I began studying acupuncture 20 years ago, I had been a registered nurse (RN) for 22 years and my answer to the question - what is acupuncture? - was this “using needles to ease pain.”

Now, I don’t room enough here to describe with any completeness and justice what Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is, however, I can tell you from my experience what I have seen it do.

  1. Ease pain - chronic and acute (old injuries, new injuries, repetitive injuries) Musculo-skeletal conditions
  2. Ease pre-op anxiety, assists with immediate post-op recovery and long term healing of scars and restoration of meridian flow

In fact, my former nursing self would not hesitate to say that everyone undergoing a surgical procedure would benefit from acupuncture.

Now, here's a short list of what I didn’t expect to become part of my acupuncture practice:

  1. Blood pressure reduction and stabilization
  2. Fertility - pre and postpartum care and recovery
  3. Menstrual health and menopause balance
  4. Immune system strengthening
  5. Asthma control
  6. Gastro-intestinal health (to the point of quitting medications)
  7. Anxiety disorders

Take each of these listed conditions and multiply it by any of its associated or related issues and acupuncture can address it.

NO, it is not a wonder cure for everything, what it is is a thousands year old treatment modality based on a sound and continuous medical model of observation, recording and continual adaptation.

There are hundreds of studies on acupuncture and theories abound on how it works in terms of a Western medical model - I encourage you to check them out. If you want to know and discuss how it works, there is nothing I enjoy more than explaining and discussing the concepts, studies, history and evolution of Chinese Medicine and its connection to Western medicine.

My twenty years have taken me to a more intense study of Classical Chinese medicine which opens up even more scope for healing and preserving health.



Several modalities may be used during a session or only one depending on circumstances.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture: sterile stainless steel, silver or gold needles inserted into acupuncture points
  • Kiiko Matsumoto Style acupuncture: based on her teachings
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Korean Hand Therapy (KHT): very fine tiny needles inserted into the hand OR just pressure/palpation to the areas with treatments to be done at home
  • Auricular Therapy: ear acupuncture based on Chinese correlation and Dr. Nogier
  • Scalp Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture with Moxibustion
  • Acupuncture with Cupping
  • Moxibustion: direct or indirect; on its own
  • Cupping: flame cupping, silicone cupping; on its own
  • Gua Sha: scraping
  • Tui Na: a type of massage based on Chinese medicine techniques, generally used in conjunction with acupuncture in my practice
  • Chinese Dietary concepts and theory along with living right for the seasons, adapting to climate
  • Health preservation and disease prevention concepts
There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine.
— National Institute of Health, 1997 Consensus on Acupuncture