Traditional Acupuncture

The most common approach to acupuncture involves a particular method of assessment obtained by:

  1. Asking questions about your health and habits

  2. Observing the tongue

  3. Palpating the pulse sensations at your wrist

Based on the assessment, a traditional chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis is reached and acupuncture points are chosen based on that diagnosis.  In some cases, local points may also be chosen to help alleviate pain and facilitate healing.

This form of acupuncture can be used to address innumerable conditions, including, but not limited to:

  1. Pain and pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia

  2. Acute and chronic injuries

  3. Infertility and menstrual irregularities

  4. Headaches

  5. Digestive complaints

  6. Insomnia and stress

  7. Smoking cessation

Esoteric Acupuncture

Esoteric acupuncture is specifically designed to treat mental emotional imbalances.  It uses the same points as traditional acupuncture, but needles are inserted superficially in specific patterns on the body.  Unlike traditional acupuncture, it does not involve the use of tongue and pulses or a TCM diagnosis.  Instead, patterns may be chosen based on any number of physical, mental, or emotional symptoms that a person is experiencing.

Esoteric acupuncture is particularly useful for addressing conditions such as:

  1. Depression

  2. Mood swings

  3. Stress and insomnia

  4. Difficulty expressing or controlling anger

  5. Difficulty with self-expression

  6. Fear and anxiety

Copyright 2010, Dr. Michelle Marcoux