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Acupuncture activates healing by restoring normal and efficient function. It also:

  • increases blood circulation
  • maintains hormonal balance
  • reduces stress
  • boosts the immune system
  • is safe, drug-free, and effective
  • is painless
  • is relaxing

Acupuncture is both a preventive and an interventive medicine. See conditions we treat.


Acupuncture has a written history of over 3000 years. It continues to be a primary source of medicine in many countries.

Acupuncture is based on the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today's practitioners are skilled in human anatomy, the chemistry of Chinese medicinals, and the body's response to stress. They are well trained, have attended an accredited college of Oriental Medicine, and pass the required exams prior to receiving their license.

A visit to Traditions Acupuncture includes an acupuncture treatment unless you specify otherwise. We will decide what other treatment modalities are necessary at the same visit.

Acupuncture is a pain-free, drug-free treatment option for many health conditions. Patients report feeling a pinch, a bug bite, or no sensation at all upon needle insertion.

Sterile, disposable needles are always used at Traditions Acupuncture. The needles are made of stainless steel and are solid (filiform), not hollow. We stock three gauges of needles. This ensures the greatest amount of comfort for you without compromising on the quality of care.

Many people find acupuncture to be calming. People have described treatment with acupuncture as:

  • relaxing
  • energizing
  • grounding

Some people fall asleep during treatment. People report increased mental clarity after acupuncture. Your experience may vary. Eating prior to your office visit is recommended. This will prevent being light headed during/after treatment.

In conjunction with acupuncture we may use a far infrared lamp. The far infrared lamp provides penetrating heat to soften connective tissue and deeper muscles. It is useful for digestive disorders and musculoskeletal conditions.

A treatment with acupuncture lasts approximately 30 minutes. Some conditions require only single-sided treatment. Others require acupuncture on two sides. When applicable acupuncture on two sides of your body accelerates your healing process. We will determine whether you need a single or dual-sided acupuncture treatment based on your health concerns and personal goals.