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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complete healthcare system with a wide range of benefits. With its origins in China, acupuncture is gaining recognition as an important complement to western medicine. The World Health Organization states that acupuncture is of benefit with 40 different types of disease. The National Institutes of Health has endorsed acupuncture as an effective and safe form of therapy.

How does it work?

Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile needles and moxibustion (a warming process) to stimulate the body’s self-healing power. For thousands of years, Chinese doctors observed the effects that each acupuncture point had on physical, as well as mental and emotional health. According to traditional Oriental medical theory, the body has 12 main channels, called meridians, through which the energy of life, called ch’i flows. Excess, deficient, or obstructed ch’i causes pain or disease. Acupuncture promotes the harmonious movement of ch’i.

Could I benefit from acupuncture?

Acupuncture can help with:

- Chronic symptoms not addressed by western medicine.

- Pain, for example: headaches, back pain, and arthritis.

- Recovery from surgery and traumatic injuries.

- Stress and transitions through life changes.

- Immune system dysfunctions, such as allergies, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.

- Menstrual disorders and infertility.

- Mood disorders such as depression, irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.

- Disorders of the body’s systems: digestive, respiratory, elimination.


My Patients report:

- Decreased pain and stiffness

- Better mood

- Increased energy and self-confidence

- Relaxation

- Relief from symptoms due to stress and disease

What can I expect during my treatments?

During your initial visit we will take about an hour to talk about your concerns and goals and another hour for an acupuncture treatment. I will discuss your treatment plan with you and may give you dietary or lifestyle recommendations. As your concerns are addressed, usually within 6 to 8 treatments, we will assess your progress toward your goals and schedule further treatments as needed. Your treatments will be conducted with confidentiality and caring. I welcome your input into the work we do together.


During your treatment with acupuncture needles you may feel nothing, a momentary ache or tingling sensation or the feeling of traveling warmth. Only a few needles are used during each treatment. Acupuncture needles are hair thin and flexible. They are sterile and disposed of after one use.

What is the relationship between acupuncture and other medical care?

I cooperate with other healthcare providers and do not recommend altering medications or other therapies without consulting with your physician.

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- 48 year old woman – volunteer coordinator for a nonprofit

"On different occasions, acupuncture has been immensely helpful in restoring the functioning of my hand and arm when they had been injured. A lot of my life is now committed to playing mandolin and so it was very important for me to recover the full use and flexibility of my hand. Acupuncture may be an eastern tradition, but it certainly augments standard western medical practices. In all ways, Anne Smucker is a professional, informed, and highly skilled acupuncturist."

- Mac Warford

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