• Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Ear Acupuncture
  • Cosmetics
  • Pain
  • Allergy

Acupuncture is an accumulation of more than four thousand years of wisdom and clinical experience. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on the balance of yin and yang in the body and achieving a harmonious state in the organs and body systems.

Acupuncture provides a safe, effective, and personalized treatment for many common illnesses. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but to treat the underlying cause, increase the ability to function, and improve the quality of life.

More than 15 million Americans have tried acupuncture since it was introduced in the United States in the 1970s. The risk of side effects from acupuncture is low and the potential benefits are high.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a method to promote natural healing and improve function in the body.

Throughout the body, there are channels known as meridians that carry qi (energy of the body), blood, and nutrients to support the organs and different parts of the body. When the pathways get stuck like a traffic jam, the obstruction leads to pain and illness.

An acupuncturist inserts sterilized, stainless-steel needles (they are as fine as a human hair) to stimulate the acupoints along the meridians to promote the circulation of qi, unblock the obstruction, and restore health.

Methods of Acupuncture Stimulation

Many people think that acupuncture needles are the only method of giving acupuncture treatment and for many the thought of having needles stuck in to them can put them off having treatment. However, needles do not have to be used, there are other non-needle methods available for stimulating acupuncture points - such as:

  • Acupressure
  • Ear Seed Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Electronic stimulation

So if you do have any fear of needles, it needs not preclude you from having acupuncture therapy.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Most needles are inserted without any discomfort, sometimes there is a "pinching" feeling as a needle is inserted. While some people feel nothing at all, others experience a sensation of tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for twenty to thirty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting. Many experience a state of general relaxation and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.

How many treatments do I need?

There is no simple answer to this question: treatment plans are based on each patients individual needs, depth and duration of disease.

  • Acute problems resolve faster than chronic problems.
  • The young heal faster than the ‘less-young’.
  • Less complex problems resolve faster than more complex, systemic issues.
  • Improvements are typically seen within 2-3 treatments.
  • Lasting results usually require an average of 6 to 15 treatments.

Modalities Used
  • Acupressure
  • Ear Seed Acupuncture (Auricular Acupuncture)
  • Electro Acupuncture
  • Far-infrared Light
  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping
  • Tui Na (Asian massage)
  • Gua sha (pronounced “gwah shaw”)

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands.

The ancient Chinese believed that life energy qi flows through meridians. In a healthy person the energy flow trough meridians is unobstructed. The blockade of qi flow results in an illness. The Chinese believed that acupoints stimulation clears the meridians and improves the flow of energy.

In the western medical science, stimulation of acupoints is thought to lead to increased release of endorphins. Endorphin is a natural body painkiller. Thus endorphin released by acupressure stimulation may lead to relaxation and normalization of body functions.

Acupressure can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eyestrain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, and tension due to stress, menstrual cramps, constipation, and indigestion, particularly helpful in resolving physical problems caused by tension, stress and emotion.

There are also great advantages to using acupressure as a way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.

Common Conditions Treated with Acupressure
Digestive disorders Gynecological Musculoskeletal
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea.
  • Gastritis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Muscle cramping
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
Neurological Psychological Respiratory
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke
  • Addiction control
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Neurosis
  • Stress reduction
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Sinusitis

Ear acupuncture, also know as Auriculotherapy, involves the stimulation of specific acupuncture points of the external ear for diagnosis and treatment of health conditions. These points correspond to all areas of our body. Stimulation of the ear acupuncture points help to regulate the body's internal organs and functions.

Auricular Acupuncture is unique because it can be used independently or as an adjunct to other therapies, such as Traditional Body Acupuncture.

Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks.

Because the ears are easily accessible and you do not need to remove any clothing, Auricular Acupuncture can be a very effective and quick method of treatment. One of the fastest areas where Auricular Acupuncture is being used is for the treatment of addictions. It has been a popular choice for helping with smoking cessation and weight loss in recent years. The treatment helps reduce cravings for nicotine and food.

History and Theory

The earliest use of ear acupuncture dates back to ancient China. It was mentioned in the most famous of ancient Chinese medical textbook, “The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Paul Nogier, through trial and error, developed a theory that the shape of the ear was likened to that of an inverted fetus. The head of the fetus is located at the lobe of the ear, the body curls around the inside of the ear with the feet at the apex. He called this inverted fetus map his "little man in the ear". Through rigorous tests and examinations, he discovered that stimulating a body part on the micro-systems of the ear had an effect on the corresponding part of the body. Recent research in auriculotherapy conducted by Terry Olesen, Ph.D. with the UCLA Pain Management Center, UCLA School of Medicine has verified the accuracy of auricular diagnosis.

Ear Acupuncture Treats Addiction

In the early 70's it was discovered that specific ear acupuncture treatments helped with the withdrawal from addictive substances, such as heroin, cocaine, alcohol and tobacco. Specific points in the ear are found that alleviated pain, decreased withdrawal symptoms and had a strong sedative effect. In 1985, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was established to train chemical dependency clinicians in the NADA ear acupuncture protocol. It now remains one of the most effective therapies in the treatment of addictive substances.

Common Conditions Treated with Ear Acupuncture
Cardiac Gynecological Musculoskeletal
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless legs
  • Stroke
  • Varicose veins
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menstrual pains
  • Acute injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Neck and back pain
  • Whiplash
Neurological Psychological Other
  • Menier's disorder
  • Migraine/headache
  • Neuralgia
  • Paralysis after a stroke
  • Trigeminal neuralgia/bell's palsy
  • Addiction treatment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fears
  • Panic attacks
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Impotence/infertility
  • Obesity
  • Palpitations
  • Tinnitus

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face body where needed. It can also apply to other areas such as ear, neck, hands, trunk and legs.

This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the treatment area and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. Cosmetic Acupuncture is a whole body treatment in Chinese medicine view. A person's overall health may also benefit. It is reported that aupuncture on facial rejuvenation can make you look and feel 10-15 years younger and slow down the aging process.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is far less expensive than cosmetic surgery, and is safe, natural, virtually painless, and has no side effect (slight temporary bruising can occasionally occur) and permanent damage on face, especially as we know a few celebrities has suffered some permanent 'damage' by poor face lift surgeries.

Some Benefits and Results:

  • Eliminate the fine lines entirely
  • Diminishe deeper wrinkles
  • Firm facial muscles and tighten the skin
  • Improves the tone and texture of treatment areas
  • Increase local blood and lymph circulation
  • Moisturize the skin from inside
  • Promote a healthier and radiant complexion
  • Reduce the bags under the eyes
  • Reduce the puffiness
  • Effective, no side effect
  • Safe, natural and no permanent damage

The course of treatment is 10 sessions. This will be done 1-3 times a week for best results. Each individual will respond differently to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Maintenance maybe needed once every month. Treatment lasts about 40 minutes.

Pain Management
For pain relief, both acupuncture and chiropractic treatments help. Acupuncture and chiropractic treatment techniques often overlap, and as a certified expert in both fields, Dr. Lin chooses the most effective treatment plan for your conditions with your comfort in mind.

Knee & Shoulder Pain
With traditional Chinese medicine, pain treatment is accomplished through a combination of acupuncture (or acupressure), electro-stimulation, Tui Na, cupping,and herbs. The goal of treatment is to help the body heal by restoring normal circulation and energy (Qi) flow. While a blockage of Qi and blood can cause joint pain in any area of the body, knee and shoulder pain is one of the most commonly treated conditions.

Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is usually the result from strains (muscle tears), sprains (overstretched ligaments), herniated disks, and sciatica. Sciatica pain extends from the low back through the buttocks and down the leg. Dr Joanna Lin has extensive experience identifying and treating pain of the lower back and sciatica. A combination of acupuncture (or acupressure), electro-stimulation,tuina, Gua sha and herb are used to treat the pain.

Neck & Upper Back Pain
A variety of factors can lead to upper back pain including stress, poor posture, whiplash injury, and tendonitis of the shoulder joint. The therapy for individuals with upper back and neck pain includes a combination of acupuncture (or acupressure), electro-stimulation, cupping, Gua sha and massage.

Allergies are due to an over-reactivity of the immune system to certain allergens. When allergens and antibodies react in individuals with allergic rhinitis, their nasal mucosa becomes swollen and may obstruct drainage from the sinuses causing sinusitis in many people. With herbs and acupuncture, Chinese medicine can help reduce congestion, open the nasal passages, prevent the occurrence of infection, and allow healing of tissues of the sinuses. Allergy treatment is one of our areas of expertise. Our allergy patients typically find relief from their worst symptoms in just several treatments.

In our experience, acupuncture is especially effective in relieving the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Rash, Itchiness
  • Congestion
  • Confusion and Dizziness

The Western treatment of allergic rhinitis relies mostly on the use of antihistamine agents. Unfortunately, antihistamines only treat the manifestations of the disease and not the root.

Chinese medicine offers allergy sufferers a way to strengthen their bodies and significantly reduce their symptoms, without unpleasant side effects. This is why acupuncture, which has been proven to have beneficial effects for the immune system, can help you overcome even the most severe allergies.