Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

What can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs treat?


Acute illnesses: colds and flu, sinus infectins, sore throat, stomach flu, reflux, nausea, hypertension, gallstones, kidney stones, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, headaches, earaches, tooth abscess, mouth ulcers


Anti-aging formulas: improve hearing loss, slow graying of hair, enhance vision, general energy tonics, anti tumor formulas, improve mental concentration and memory, improve skin elasticity, repair collagen and connective tissue, enhance athletic performance, and amplify absorption of supplements


Chronic conditions: hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma in both adults and children, osteoporosis, seasonal and food allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fatigue in general, weakened immune system, hypothyroidism, liver damage and inflammation all forms of hepatitis, emphysema, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, HIV support, migraines, candidiasis, hemorrhoids, obesity, excess sputum, backache, autoimmune disorders including MS or lupus, diabetes, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, and COPD


Circulatory problems: anemia, post stroke recovery, cardiac blockage with angina, tachycardia, palpitations, varicose veins, neuropathy, impaired circulation to limbs, dizziness, tinnitus, and poor cerebral circulation


Digestive complaints: acid reflux, bloating, nausea, vomiting, ulcers, constipation, loose stools, diarrhea, irritable bowel, hiccups, hangover, food poisoning, gas, belching, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal parasites, motion sickness, and teething babies


Female problems: PMS, menopausal symptoms, infertility, urinary tract infections vaginal discharge, irregular periods, cramping, uterine fibroids, breast lumps, heavy bleeding, pregnancy related nausea, postpartum bleeding and fatigue, cervical dysplasia, water retention, fatigue, pelvic inflammatory disease, HPV (human papilloma virus), endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and PID


Mental and emotional problems: ADHD, anxiety, nervousness, depression, irritability, stress, smoking or drug withdrawal, support for dieting, and phobias


Pain syndromes: fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder tension, leg pain and spasms, migraines, low back pain, sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscle pain


Skin conditions: herpes outbreaks, eczema, hives, psoriasis, abscesses, burns, athlete’s foot, poison oak, diaper rash, rosacea, and ringworm


Sexual problems: low libido, premature ejaculation, low sperm counts, impotence


Sleep disorders: insomnia, restless legs, and sleep apnea


Support for chemotherapy or radiation: promote white and red blood cells formation, halt nausea, increasing energy, and protecting the immune system


Trauma: fractures, recovery from surgical procedures, or athletic injuries


Urinary problems: incontinence, dribbling, prostate enlargement, and frequent or urgent urination


Margie J Wesley, MSOM, LAc., DOM



Needle moxa on the back


Cupping for back tightness


Yintang needled for calming the mind

The National Institute of Health’s Consensus Statement on Acupuncture



How Does Acupuncture Work?



According to the ancient Chinese, qi, the life force, drives the body’s operations as it courses along the major meridians (or energy pathways*, moving through the internal organs and along the limbs, torso, and head). If this energetic circulation is balanced and free flowing, blood and body fluids circulate smoothly; you easily fight off disease and your digestion, sleep, and energy levels are satisfactory. But if qi flow is blocked for any reason, or becomes excessive or lacking, pain and disease can result. Poort diet or lifestyle, mental or physical stress, emotional upsets, or lack of exercise may all cause qi imbalance. An energy blockage in your liver, for example, could cause headaches, menstrual problems, or digestive complaints.


By stimulating acupuncture points with extremely fine needles, electricity, lasers, or massage, this energy flow can be rerouted and moderated. We’re not really sure how this works yet from a biomechanical viewpoint, but research is ongoing. Some possible explanations:


Acupuncture provokes the discharge of morphine-like biochemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins in the brain and spinal cord. These natural painkillers promote healing and elevate mood.


Insertion of the needles causes an anesthetic effect by shutting gateways from the spinal cord, effectively blocking the pain signal so it never reaches the brain. Nobel Prize nominee Robert Becker, MD proposes that the meridians are electrical conductors and the acupuncture points act as amplifiers. Acupuncture also may be used to open a ‘stuck’ gate, when signals from the brain can’t get out to the periphery, thus treating paralysis.


Acupuncture activates the immune system’s response in areas that are injured or susceptible to disease by: stimulating production of hormones, prostaglandins, white bloods cells, gamma globulins, opsonins, and antibody levels.



Acupuncture alters brain chemistry directly: affects areas of the central nervous system pertaining to sensation and involuntary bodily functions, thereby normalizing blood pressure, heart rate, insulin levels, sleep patterns, gastric secretions, and body temperature. Acupuncture is balancing: if your heart rate is high, it will come down, if your heart rate is low, it will come up.



So acupuncture does more than just relieve pain. It has been proven to effect both physical and psychological conditions, while encouraging the body to heal itself. These effects may last for days after a treatment.



*No one has been able to ‘find’ these channels yet, but Jean-Claude Darras MD, and Professor Pierre de Vernejoul MD injected radioactive isotopes into acupuncture points of patients and scanned the isotopes’ uptake by gamma-camera imaging. The isotopes migrated along the classical Chinese meridian pathways, not the vascular or lymphatic systems. In contrast, isotopes injected into random points in the skin did not migrate at all.


Click here to view a photo taken by Korean researcher of acupuncture meridians in the forearm


Margie J Wesley, MSOM, LAc., DOM


Why Use Chinese Herbal formulas?


Each formula is prescribed specifically for you according to your pattern of symptoms. For example, we carry at least 20 different herbal concoctions that can treat digestive complaints.


Herbal formulas are available in pill and liquid form, ideal for our busy lifestyles.


Chinese herbs can substitute for and/or augment the effect of prescription medications, without the undue side effects and prohibitive costs.


These formulas have been proven safe and effective for hundreds of years.


Herbs can be used to increase absorption of vitamins, minerals, and supplements.


Adding herbs will produce faster results than just improving diet and using physical medicine techniques like acupuncture, massage, or physical therapy.


Herbs can treat people who cannot get regular acupuncture or who need daily therapy.


Chronic illnesses respond well to these preparations.


Most of these preparations may be safely taken in conjunction with your current medications and supplements, and can accelerate your recovery.


Please consult a certified Chinese herbalist for specific suggestions. Self-diagnosis and treatment could aggravate your symptoms, waste your money, lead to unwanted side effects, and can be unsafe.


We stock many classic Chinese herbal preparations in tablet form, occasionally enhanced with familiar western herbs or enzymes. For patients with more complicated cases, we can construct a specially compounded formula of dehydrated or raw herbs that should be taken as a tea.





herbs come in many forms: granule powders, tinctures, patches, plasters, infusions, and pills