4 Common Misconceptions of Acupuncture

Acupuncture may be an ancient medical technology, but it is also paving the way for the future of healthcare due to its wide applications and effectiveness.

Below we myth-bust three of the most common misconceptions of acupuncture treatments.

1. It is only, or primarily, used to treat physical pain.  Acupuncture is an exceptionally elegant and comprehensive medical system that has the ability to support ALL physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual imbalances. For a full list of disorders for which acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment through controlled clinical trials, scroll below.

2. It may be unpleasant or even painful.  The experience of acupuncture begins with a medical professional listening to you and examining you with their full presence of being. During acupuncture, most clients fall into a restorative altered state and, often, fall asleep on the table. It is as true a luxury as an acquired taste for fine foods – a sensational delight, one to become acquainted with, until you find yourself anticipating each session with excitement, then leaving with a feeling of wanting more!

3. It is a standalone procedure requiring little physical or mental effort to perform. The treatment you experience is the tool, but it is the academic, analytical mind which holds the power and finesse to enact permanent change within your body’s physiology. In California, 4 years of full-time study (equivalent to 3000+ hours) in a Master’s or Doctoral program is the minimum requirement to study the full medical canon required to practice acupuncture.  Across the U.S., a minimum of 3 years of full-time study is standard.

4. One treatment is sufficient to see if it works for a condition or person. All are ecstatic when a client’s longstanding condition is resolved miraculously after one acupuncture treatment, but that’s not the norm. Acupuncture takes time and space to re-regulate most long-standing imbalances. Like growing a plant from a seed, the right conditions can maximize the yield of your progression toward greater health and vitality.


The acupuncture treatment you experience is the tool, but it is the academic, analytical mind which holds the power to enact permanent change within the body’s physiology.

Did you try acupuncture once or twice and it didn’t live up to what we are describing in this intro?

If so, please remember that acupuncture can be likened to an art form – there are as many practitioners and style of acupuncture as there are colors in the rainbow. So, if you didn’t feel a medical collaborator met your needs the first time you tried acupuncture, please don’t be discouraged! Continue your search until you find a practitioner that vibes with you, your values, and preferences.

The best way to dispel any myths of acupuncture is to experience a treatment for yourself.

Book a treatment today and see for yourself!

Diseases & Disorders Treated with Acupuncture

In 2003, The World Health Organization listed the following diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy is recommended. 

To read the full “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials,” download the full PDF!

Therapeutic Effect Proven via Clinical Trials

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

Therapeutic Effect Shown

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Craniocerebral injury, closed
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
  • Earache
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epistaxis, simple (without generalised or local disease)
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpes virus 3)
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Insomnia
  • Labour pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Ménière disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
  • Postextubation in children
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Stiff neck
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  • Urolithiasis
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
“The Chakra Acupuncturist”

My Unique Style of Acupuncture

What distinguishes me from other acupuncturists is my focus on the chakra system as a diagnostic and healing tool for physical and metaphysical ailments. My thoroughness and highly analytical nature makes me specially equipped to find the root of even the most difficult cases.

Ever since I began my studies as an acupuncturist in 2016, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to working with the Human Energy Field (HEF) and the Hindu Chakra System because it lights me up more than anything! Becoming a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine would allow me to become a lifelong esoteric scholar, so I could help as many people as possible all the while studying the HEF within a professional medical career.

Esoteric Acupuncture in the style of Mikio Sankey is my favorite niche of acupuncture because it combines traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, the Hindu Chakra System, Sacred Geometry, and the Qabbalistic Tree of Life to focus on the spiritual context of the HEF. Rather than treating symptoms of dis-ease, it is designed to “enhance wellness,” to balance the chakras “creating a more harmonious frequency within our energy field,” and “to establish a strong and harmonious connection with higher spiritual realms” (Sankey, 1999).

Though I love practicing the pioneering Esoteric Acupuncture and NERW the most, Traditional Chinese Medicine is my foundation first and foremost. This all to say, if you want the spiritual/etheric aspect in your treatment, I’ve got that covered! If you’re not into that, I’m also naturally adept at “getting in there” and relieving symptoms for the long term. I’ve got an exceptional bedside manner that will put you right at ease to meet you exactly where you are.




What you can expect from an initial medical consultation and acupuncture treatment is a full medical intake with a multiple-session treatment plan based on your lifestyle, goals, and preferences. 

My style of execution can be characterized as playful, joyous, confident, direct, efficient, and thorough. My passion for healing modalities is always showcased in the synergistic elements of my treatments. It’s guaranteed that working with me will soon, or immediately, expose you to the magical experiences of Reiki, herbology, aromatherapy, sound healing, divination (pendulum, cards, I-Ching), visualizations, meditations, Gua Sha, fire cupping, moxibuston, E-stim, or massage.

As a Negative Energy Release Work (NERW) practitioner in the style of Raven Shamballa, I very often incorporate guided trance meditation at my clients’ requests. From this altered state, your spiritual guidance team have the ideal circumstance to activate and clear your energy body of any third-party negative energies that you may have picked up from toxic people or environments. 

But that’s not all! My work continues after we have parted ways as I continue to mull over your case, reviewing any labs or medical history you have prepared for me, and happily anticipating our next meeting with my own personal research related to your specific condition.

 If you have any questions about my specific style, please feel free to reach out at any time and I’m happy to jump on a call. 

I look forward to working with you. 🙂



Frequently Asked

How large of a space do I need for the treatment?

10 x 6 feet is the least amount of area required to conduct a mobile session in your home or office space. However, 10 x 12 feet is ideal.

Where do you travel from?

I live in Banker’s Hill in San Diego. Most of my clients are within a 30-minute radius from my home base. If you require a greater travel time, please feel free to contact me for any questions specific to your location.

Do you do events?

Yes, I do offer massage and energy work for work events, parties, and other special events. 

Please contact me directly so we can discuss your request.

What to Expect: Mobile Acupuncture

Mobile acupuncture services are scheduled at the client’s choice of location, usually at their home for optimal convenience and comfort. All mobile services are professional and non-sexual in nature.

After you submit a booking request as a new patient, I will call you to confirm your location and answer any of your questions related to the treatment before we confirm.

You will receive medical intake and consent forms to complete before the start of the treatment. You will receive text reminders of your appointment if you choose.

I will arrive at the location of your choice at the appointment start time. As I set up the treatment space, we will settle into a conversation about your treatment goals. I will bring with me a massage table, linens, music, and treatment supplies. I use 100% pure and natural fractionated coconut oil for any manual work we may conduct.

All you need to do is wear a comfortable and loose fitting clothing so that we may easily access the areas of focus.