Acupuncture uses thin, pre-sterilized, disposable needles to treat underlying “qi” (pronounced “chi”) imbalances in the body. When the imbalance is treated, there is greater harmony in the body.

The most important thing is to know that the body is governed by “qi”. What is qi? One translation of “qi” is breath, air, or gas. I like this translation for those of you who are new to this system of medicine. If you are more familiar with western medicine, it makes perfect sense that when something is very “off” with your breath (perhaps you’re having a hard time catching your breath, you can’t breathe deeply, etc), then something is very “off” in your body as a whole. When you can’t get enough air, you don’t feel so good. Imagine trying to breathe under water. Just like when your car has no gas, it won’t go. This simplistic introduction to qi is a foundation for understanding the system of your body as a whole. Knowing that the body is governed by qi is important to know. Many uncomfortable conditions in the body arise from qi imbalance. Acupuncture can aid the smooth flow of qi and thereby lessen the amount and quality of nagging or painful conditions. Manageable and treatable conditions include (and are not limited to) allergies, digestive problems, pain, fertility issues, anxiety, pregnancy issues, headaches, depression, joint pain, and insomnia.

My acupuncture treatments are based on the idea that the body accounts for imbalances in different ways, given the common stressors of our daily lives. From the food we eat to the way we walk to the amount of exercise we get, our body reacts to its external and internal environment in many ways. Acupuncture seeks to recognize and rectify qi imbalance. As always, I welcome your questions about acupuncture and treatment. Feel free to email me at robin@robinharrisacupuncture.com or by phone at 410-693-4062