How does acupuncture work?
The answer that is given depends on who is asked.

Different points on the body are used to stimulate nerves and in the processes sends a signal to the brain. The brain then releases different chemicals, such as endorphins and enkephalins. By inserting a needle, the body is increasing blood flow to a specific area and mobilizing the body's natural healing response.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) acknowledges all of this, and takes it farther. There are many pathways that run through the body, much like roadways. Each of these pathways transports substances the body needs to other portions of the body. Problems arise when the pathways don't have enough substance, have too much substance, or pathways are blocked. Acupuncture works to reestablish the flow of these channels to increase resilience of the body.
Conditions TCM addresses include:
  • Injury and pain management
  • Orthopedics
  • Headaches and tinnitus
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Rashes
  • Itching and eczema
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
Emotional Health
  • Stress
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Reducing symptoms of mood disorders
Respiratory & Immunity
  • Allergies
  • Frequent colds
  • Asthma
  • Common cold and flu
  • Runny nose
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic fatigue
Men's Health
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)
  • Erectile dysfunction
Women's Health
  • PMS symptoms
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Amenorrhea (no period)
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Infertility
  • PCOS
More About Courtney
Courtney studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California at Five Branches University. While there, she focused on orthopedics, pain management, gynecology, and medical qi-gong. She received an undergraduate degree in kinesiology.

She was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, with the majority of her time in Carmel Valley.