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How Chinese medicine can help you:

Acupuncture originated nearly 2500 years ago and is one of the oldest and most widely used healing systems in the world. It is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along a meridian or pathway by inserting sterile, hair-thin, disposable stainless steel needles. The needles alter various chemical and physiological imbalances, encouraging the body to activate and mobilize Qi (pronounced "chee") and Blood.  

Proper metabolic function is triggered restoring the body's innate ability to heal. Research demonstrates that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins and promotes circulation and blood flow as well as reducing pain and inflammation.


In Chinese medicine, disease is seen as imbalances in the organ system or meridians, and the goal of treatment is to assist the body in reestablishing its innate harmony and balance. Disease can be caused by internal factors like emotions, external factors like the environment and weather, and other factors like injuries, trauma, diet, and germs. However, infection is seen not as primarily a problem with germs and viruses, but as a weakness in the energy of the body which is allowing a sickness to occur.

conditions treated with acupuncture

In Chinese medicine, no two illnesses are ever the same, as each person has his/her own characteristics of symptoms and balance. Acupuncture is used to open or adjust the flow of Qi throughout the organ system, which will strengthen the body and prompt it to heal itself.


The acupuncturist does a thorough inventory of a patient's medical history and symptoms, both physical and emotional, looking closely at the tongue, feeling the pulse on the wrist, the complexion, general behavior, and lifestyle.  A treatment plan will be made based upon the diagnosis.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for 43 common disorders including:

Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain

Gastrointestinal Disorders such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia (lack of appetite) and gastritis.

Gynecological Disorders such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Urogenital Disorders including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction

Respiratory Disorders such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis


Circulatory Disorders such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia

Emotional and Psychological Disorders including depression and anxiety

Addictions including alcohol, drugs, nicotine

Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders such as eye twitching, tearing, redness, tinnitus, nasal congestion.


Supportive Therapy  for other chronic, painful and debilitating disorders

Acupuncture has been used as an effective and low-cost treatment for headaches and chronic pain, associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis. It has also been used to supplement invasive Western treatments like chemotherapy and surgery.


Laurie Ghiz, LMHC, Dipl. Ac, (NCCAOM), LicAc

Back in Balance Acupuncture and Energy Medicine

354 West Boylston Street

Suite 224

West Boylston, MA  01583

508-769-0039  Fax:  888-350-9915

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