Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. It has been found to promote natural healing through the release of endorphins for pain management, increased blood circulation, and general physiological balance. A number of sensations may be felt during an acupuncture treatment such as a dull ache, tingling, movement, or itchiness. This is generally an indication that the acupuncture is working; however, at any point a needle can be adjusted or removed depending on an individual’s comfort level. In general, most people find treatment relaxing and restorative.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can positively affect a wide variety of conditions and symptoms as follows, although not all-inclusive.
Acute and chronic pain
Anxiety, depression, PTSD
Arthritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
Asthma and allergies
Common cold, sore throat
Digestive problems (i.e., gas, bloating, reflux, constipation, diarrhea)
Ear and eye problems
Fibromyalgia, other autoimmune diseases
Immune system support
Infertility and In-vitro Fertilization
Menstrual and menopausal issues
Nausea, morning sickness
Numbness and tingling
For complex medical conditions, such as cancer or progressive neurological disorders, acupuncture is often supportive and provided as an adjunct to other medical treatments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical practice that has existed for more than 3,000 years. It is utilized by nearly one-third of the world’s population as a primary health care system or adjunctive therapy. TCM includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition/lifestyle counseling, Tuina massage, cupping, guasha, moxibustion, and Qigong. At the heart of Chinese medicine is the principle of treating the person as an integrated whole in body, mind and spirit. The goal is to return the body to a balanced state by addressing the root cause of illness and dis-ease, not just the symptoms.
Gua Sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the hypodermis. Gua Sha is an important hands-on medical treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous and include reduced spasms and pain, stimulation of the immune system and enhanced microcirculation. Gua Sha upregulates heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1), that acts to reduce internal organ inflammation, for example, in cases of asthma, hepatitis and liver disease. For more information, visit www.guasha.com or view the Gua Sha Handout below.
For those of you unfamiliar with Qigong (pronounced "chee gong"), it is a moving form of meditation and translates as "energy cultivation or practice". There are over 3,000 forms of Qigong dating back thousands of years. It is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves mental, emotional and physical health through the integration of posture, movement, breath work, self-massage, sound and focused intention. Incorporating a daily Qigong practice can improve, sustain and maximize overall well-being.
Prescriptive Medical Qigong exercises are taught based upon Eastern medicine diagnosis and tailored to your health goals. Your investment: $50 for a 30-minute private session.
BEMER Vascular Therapy
BEMER is designed to improve blood circulation thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. This is necessary to ensure optimal levels of health and fitness. For more information, please refer to https://united-states.bemergroup.com/en-US and/or check out research conducted since 1998 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.
At Gig Harbor Acupuncture & Holistic Health, we offer the first two BEMER sessions for free. Come check it out!
What people say
“Kirsty was my first introduction to complementary medicine. After breaking my leg, she was instrumental in my speedy recovery with her skill and recommendations for other supportive treatments. She has one of the biggest hearts of anyone you will ever meet.”
M.K. Gig Harbor, WA
“Kirsty was the first (and best) acupuncturist I've experienced. Initially, her practice along with other TCM methods helped heal certain physical ailments. In addition, she was the catalyst for a positive shift in my life as she incorporates nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness into her methodology which helped me attain the most optimal lifestyle.”
L.B. Rapid City, SD
"Kirsty is an incredibly intuitive practitioner / acupuncturist. I not only feel better after her treatments but I always feel like I learn something. I wouldn't go see anyone else. She's amazing!"
L.K. Lacey, WA
“As a former coworker, I have heard countless stories of clients experiencing relief from acupuncture treatment for conditions ranging from chronic pain to anxiety and every diagnosis in between. I can also attest to the knowledge, empathy, integrity and sincerity that Kirsty brings to each and every interaction. There is no one that I would recommend more.”
K.W. Snohomish, WA
“Kirsty is an unprecedented talent in her field. In the 5+ years she has been treating me, I’ve been impressed by and grateful for her blend of deep practical knowledge and heightened intuition. She has treated me for a chronic illness that includes widespread pain, brain fog and fatigue. I usually arrive at my appointment feeling all of these, and leave feeling more alert, energetic and in less pain. I am so thankful for the gifts Kirsty offers. She knows her stuff!”
S.W. Gig Harbor, WA