Defining Acupuncture:

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture website defines the art of acupuncture as “a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning.  This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.”

The traditional Chinese explanation of how this works is by explaining that there are energy pathways that run in patterns throughout the body.  The pathways or patterns are called meridians. These meridians can have blockages that can cause health problems.  By using the acupuncture needle, it influences the meridian and helps clear the blockage of energy allowing a free flow to occur. This allows the body to recover and heal through the use of the body’s own internal regulating system.

Example of a Lung Meridian:


According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the following conditions have been recommended for acupuncture by the World Health Organization (W.H.O):

Respiratory Diseases:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases:

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders:

  • Acute conjuctivitis
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Myopia
  • Central retinitis

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity:

  • Toothache
  • Pain after tooth extraction
  • Gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis

Orthopedic Disorders:

  • Periarthritis humeroscapularis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Gastrointestinal Disorders:

  • Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Neurologic Disorders:

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial paralysis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia

What are the Acupuncture needles like?

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than regular needles used to give shots, or draw blood. They are about 25 to 50 times thinner, with some being no thicker than a human hair – they are so thin that several acupuncture needles can fit inside the opening of a regular hollow needle tip!

Scheduling your Acupuncture appointment:

Dr. Zhao’s Acupuncture team will be available here in our office on Wednesdays.

Acupuncture Accepted Payment Methods: Cash or Check ONLY.