What is Acupuncture? Most Important Takeaways

Acupuncture is an ancient medical technology paving the way for the future of healthcare due to its wide applications and effectiveness.

Below are the most important things to know about acupuncture.

1. Acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system that has the ability to support ALL physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual imbalances. Acupuncture is very effective at treating physical pain AND it’s also amazing for hundreds of other conditions from mental regulation and gastrointestinal issues to even the common cold!  For a full list of disorders for which acupuncture has been proven to be an effective, scroll below.

2. Acupuncture treatments are like a counseling session with a nap. The experience of acupuncture begins with a medical professional listening to you and examining you. During the treatment, the body is induced into a parasympathetic state where most clients fall asleep for 20-30-minutes. The sensation of the needles is minimal but the energy shift is significant.

3. An acupuncturist is an expert diagnostician.  Chinese medicine doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating disease by observation. Acupuncturists diagnose experientially by asking pointed questions, feeling the pulse, looking at the tongue, and palpating the body. After this detective work, the acupuncturist can surmise which specific acupuncture points, herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes will make permanent shifts in a client’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 practice acupuncture.  Across the U.S., a minimum of 3 years of full-time study is standard. 

4. Acupuncture should be done frequently over a long period of time for maximum efficacy. Rarely will one acupuncture treatment resolve a long-standing issue (though it is not unheard of!) Acupuncture should be likened to being on a diet or working out. Especially with chronic conditions, twice-weekly acupuncture is recommended to start for several weeks, then tapered off as the condition improves. Healthy clients are encouraged to come in monthly for maintenance. Commitment and consistency is the key to making and keeping permanent shifts with Chinese Medicine interventions.


Acupuncturists diagnose experientially by asking pointed questions, feeling the pulse, looking at the tongue, and palpating the body. After this detective work, the acupuncturist can surmise which specific acupuncture points, herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes will make permanent shifts in a client’s physiology.

Did you try acupuncture once and it didn’t work?

Acupuncture can be likened to an art form – there are as many practitioners and styles of acupuncture as there are colors in the rainbow. If it didn’t work the first time, please don’t be discouraged! Team up with a facillitator who vibes with you, your values, and preferences.

Have questions about your specific condition?

Book a free 20-min consult or treatment today and see how we can help your specific condition!

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.