How Acupuncture Works

Very thin acupuncture needles are inserted just under the skin to stimulate qi (pronounced chee). Qi is life energy-the electricity of the body, which moves from fingertips to toes, from the bones to skin. Qi can become blocked, stagnant, excessive or depleted. Acupuncture helps to restore the natural flow of qi to balance the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Each of the five elements is related to an organ system within the body-each organ has its own related meridian, or energy channel, within the body. Through diagnosis and pulse-taking, the acupuncturist tunes into how the systems are working and evaluates the qi quality and content throughout the body. With this information, a treatment of specific points is given to assist the body in re-balancing itself.

Five Element Portland Acupuncture

Five Element Acupuncture is a powerful and effective form of medical treatment that originated thousands of years ago. We are all exceptional and unique. Five Element Acupuncture caters to each individual. It can help with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual conditions. Acupuncture is also used as preventive care to maintain a balanced and healthy life.

Acupuncture treats a variety of symptoms, including:

  • acute, chronic and non-specific conditions
  • pain disorders
  • menstrual problems
  • chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • athritis and carpel tunnel
  • depression
  • migraines
  • skin conditions and exzema
  • allergies
  • digestive disorders and IBS
  • weight issues
  • insomnia and sleeplessness
  • stress and anxiety
  • relationship concerns
  • fertility and sexual disorders
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Find your element

About Those Needles

Most people feel a sensation from the qi responding to the needle. It could be a dull ache, swirling energy, warmth or a little zing. Sensations typically fade soon after the needle has been placed, and people usually report feeling deep relaxation. The needles are high-quality stainless steel. They are sterile and about the size of a human hair. Needles are discarded after one use.