What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What Is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
How Does Qi Move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body. The diagram to the left shows the meridian pathways in the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and glands.
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
Blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health
and leads to various signs and symptoms or health concerns.
What Does An Acupuncturist Do?
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe, effective and drug-free therapies
that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.
Meet Your Acupuncturists
Debi Farley, L.Ac.
Debi Farley is licensed in acupuncture by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine and is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She also holds her DOM license as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (FL). She is a past-president of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA) and received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the East West College of Natural Medicine. Her training includesover 3,000 classroom hours in Oriental medicine, Western medicine, diagnosis, Chinese herbal pharmacology and nutrition.
Kim Nguyen, L.Ac.
Kim Nguyen attended James Madison University, earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. While there, she was a part of a team that led an independent research study on smoking cessation, with a focus on cognitive behavioral group therapy in conjunction with ear acupuncture versus the nicotine patch. This led her to complete her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Kim also traveled to Hangzhou, China to complete an advanced study program at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.