Who should I go to for an acupuncture treatment?
Licensed acupuncturist have the most training of all medical professionals who perform acupuncture by about 2,000 hours of training.  Please be sure to look for “L.Ac” after the name of any professional offering acupuncture treatments for the safest and most effective care.

What will my first appointment be like?
The primary purpose of every acupuncture treatment is to restore the body to homeostasis. During your 60-minute session, you will be holistically assessed to determine the underlying conditions leading to your current situation.  An interview which includes both your medical health history and lifestyle history is performed.  Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

What about the needles?
Acupuncture needles are tiny.  They are solid, stainless steel and no thicker than a few strands of hair. They bear no resemblance to hypodermic syringes and are designed for painless insertion. Only the highest quality, single-use, pre–sterilized needles are used.  Insertions are very shallow.



How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. Most people fall within the range of 2-20 treatments.  For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually, fewer visits are required.


What conditions can acupuncture treat? meme

  • The Functional and Holistic approach Marissa utilizes has proven beneficial for the treatment of chronic, long-standing conditions which have not successfully been cured by a western approach.
  • Acupuncture is great for acute conditions as well such as pain and injury, cold and flu, sinus infections, seasonal allergies, all types of headaches, digestive troubles, insomnia, stress, and anxiety, etc.

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent chest infections.
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, back pain, knee pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.

How does acupuncture work?

This highly effective system of medical care is based on the process of restoring the body to homeostasis.  To address the cause of your condition symptoms are assessed using a complex system of medical pattern differential diagnosis in relation to the totality of each individual person.  Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) is the only acupuncture practitioners who have extensively studied this system of highly individualized diagnosis.  Once your medical patterns have been diagnosed the treatment of the cause of your condition will begin and as homeostasis is restored, healing occurs.

Acupuncture restores the body to homeostasis by increasing and/or correcting function in the main factors that influence your health.  
1. The flow of Oxygen in your body.  (Qi)

2.  The flow of blood in your body. (Xue)

3. The health of your blood vessels. (Xue Mai)

4.  The health of your organs. (Zang Fu)

5.  The health of your nervous system. (Jing Mai)


Is There Scientific Evidence that Acupuncture Works?
Yes, below is a link to the latest evidence-based properly performed scientific study conducted by the American College of Physicians (ACP).