What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, relatively painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being.


Marcy Wilson

Acupuncture Physician

Marcy Wilson graduated from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in 2005, with a Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine. Dragon Rises College teaches Traditional as well as Contemporary Chinese Medicine, with an emphasis on pulse diagnosis. She has an Acupuncture Physician Licenses #2178, with the State of Florida. She received her national certifications in both Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as well as Chinese Herbal Therapy, and is certified as a Diplomat of Chinese Medicine by the National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Marcy’s goal is to help you feel better by making your body work better. She uses the obvious techniques of acupuncture and herbal therapy, as well as mico-current stimulation, acupressure, moxibustion and gua sha. She is also a Reiki Master and can use energy healing when needles are not indicated. Please visit her website at, for more information on acupuncture and what to expect during a treatment.

More About Acupuncture

Oriental medicine includes not only acupuncture, but the use of moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, and Chinese herbal therapy The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Here is a list of some of the health concerns that acupuncture has been effective in treating:

Addiction, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, dizziness, emotional problems, eye problems, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, headache, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain, menopause, menstrual problems, migraine, morning sickness, nausea, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, pneumonia, reproductive issues, sciatica, SAD, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoking cessation, sore throat, stress, tennis elbow, tonsillitis, tooth pain, trigeminal neuralgia, urinary tract infections, vomiting, wrist pain

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, relatively painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What is Qi and how does it travel? At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people. In the same way, meridian pathways transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle. When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.

What can affect Qi? Many things influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi. Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.

What will my acupuncturist do? During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from 30 to 90 minutes.

Why do they want to feel my pulses? There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for 27 individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

Why do they want to look at my tongue? The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organism and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

How many treatments will I need? The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “tune ups.”

What should I expect during a treatment? Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the “Qi sensation.” All of these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

How should I prepare?

– Come with any questions you have–we’re here to help you.

– Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.

-Don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit.

– Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs to alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.

– Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.

– Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

Do the needles hurt? The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people find a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are fine, just a little larger than a cat’s whisker or a human hair.

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