Qi is the vital life force energy and the cosmic breath of life. It naturally flows in balance through our bodies and every living thing, giving us our breath and our heart beat. This energy flows through channels, also known as meridians. Stress, tension, or injury in our lives can restrict or block the balanced flow of qi, leaving us feeling ill at ease or physically weak. Our goal is to see our lives as a whole and to address the causes of imbalance, not just to relieve symptoms.

Joy also utilizes an in depth history taking and diagnostic questioning to determine your Traditional Asian Medical Diagnosis and constitutional patterns. She will assess your pulse and tongue to ascertain the balance of Qi (pronounced 'chee'), Blood and Fluids in your body.

Acupuncture uses disposable hair-thin needles in specifically chosen acupuncture points to redirect the flow of qi in your body. Tui na (meridian massage) and acupressure may be incorporated into your treatment to bring about a balanced flow of qi. Acupuncture stimulates the sensory and nerve receptors in the skin and dermis where it then sends messages to the hypothlamus and pituitary system in the brain. Hormonal and chemical messengers are released to regulate the endocrine and nervous systems, reduce pain and release endorphines. Joy may also utilize electrostimulation, cupping, moxibustion or magnets to support the therapeutic effects.

It is understandable if you have a fear of needles. Joy will work with you to determine the best treatment strategy and can offer many options for treatment. She specializes in the Japanese style of needling which is characterized for being subtle and painless.

With Asian Medicine there is a treatment that can benefit anyone for a general tune-up or if there are specific issues.

According to the
World Health Organization,
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat:

Upper Respiratory Tract
Acute sinusitis
Acute rhinitis
Common Cold
Acute tonsillitis

Respiratory System
Acute bronchitis
Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Eye
Acute conjunctivitis
Central retinitis
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)

Disorders of the Mouth
Toothache, post-extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gastro-intestinal Disorders
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
Acute and chronic gastritis
Gastric hyperacidity
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Paralytic ileus

Neurological and Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e., within three to six months)
Pareses following a stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Sequelae of poliomyelitis
(early stage, i.e., within six months)
Meniere's disease
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis
Intercostal neuralgia
Cervicobrachial syndrome
"Frozen shoulder," "tennis elbow"
Low back pain