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What is Acupuncture?

Dr. Heidi is pleased to offer Acupuncture among her treatment plans for Edge Chiropractic and Wellness patients. Choose between traditional acupuncture or our Rejuvenating Acupuncture Facial found in our facial section.

Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. It is performed by stimulating designated points of the body through the insertion of small, extremely thin needles. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there is a network of energy called chi that flows through the body in different channels called meridians. These channels are related to specific internal functions. ny imbalance in the flow of energy creates a disease process; the application of acupuncture can correct this imbalance, restoring the human body to normal health.


Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Anxiety / Stress

Constantly under stress? Always needing to do a little more? This type of lifestyle can bring on serious health issues. Acupuncture can regulate the stress hormone production naturally. Patients will usually see results after the first visit, with more improvement over continued treatments.

Panic attacks * Heart palpitations * Depression * Insomnia * Nightmares * Dizziness * Fear * Dry mouth * Night sweats * Fatigue * Poor memory * Cold hands & feet * Shortness of breath * PTSD * Anxiety disorders * OCD.

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia

Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness characterized by a lack of energy. It can be normal for certain lifestyles (above average physical exertion, prolonged lack of sleep, extenuating stress factors); however, if and when fatigue becomes chronic and is not relieved by lifestyle changes, it can be a sign of an underlying problem.

Heaviness of the body * Poor appetite * Inability to concentrate * Frequent headaches * Cold limbs * Low libido * White skin.


Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. Insomnia may stem from disruption in the body's circadian rhythm, our internal body clock, that governs the sleep-wake cycle. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep 3 or more nights per week may indicate insomnia.

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep * Waking up too early * Waking frequently through the night * Not feeling rested.

Women's Health and Balance

Whether your goal is pregnancy, pain-free cycles, decrease in emotional premenstrual symptoms, or coping with menopause, acupuncture can help support the body in all of these processes. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of women's health concerns.

Menstrual cramps * Irritability * Hot flashes/Night sweats * Decreased sex drive * Thinning hair * Skin issues * Infertility * Fatigue * Lack of concentration.  

Cravings / Addictions

Imbalances within our different systems in the body and mind may lead to feelings of emptiness and desperation. These types of feelings may lead to unhealthy cravings, which may lead to addictions. However, the feeding of the craving only temporarily satiates these negative feelings.

Emotional eating * Sugar/Salt cravings * Tobacco/nicotine * Alcohol.


An allergy is the body's immune system reacting to an outside substance that is normally harmless. Allergies may present as a single symptom or multiple.

Coughing * Sneezing * Wheezing * Itchy eyes/ears * Skin changes * Hotness of skin * Heart palpitations * Confusion * Dizziness * Runny nose.

Digestive Health and Immunity

A healthy digestive system is the root of all wellness and is closely linked to the immune system, your ability to absorb nutrients, eliminate waste products, and emotional well being. Acupuncture will improve gastric secretions, lessen gas and bloating, and relieve inflammation and pain.

Diarrhea * Constipation * IBS * Acid reflux * GERD * Nausea * Gas * Bloating * Abdominal pain * Crohn's Disease * Ulcerative Colitas.

Men's Health and Balance

Acupuncture can help with a variety of important aspects in any male's health. If you are looking for help with stress, sexual health, prostate symptoms, weight loss, anxiety, digestion, or maintaining a healthy life style, acupuncture can bring symptom relief and facilitate a general sense of well-being.

Enlarged prostate *Insomnia * Anxiety * Fatigue * Immunity * Sexual dysfunction * Digestion * Coping * Lack of concentration.

Constitutional Acupuncture Facial

The goal of our Constitutional Acupuncture Facial is to improve not only the youthful appearance of your face and neck but also deeper health issues which may underly it.

Not all the lines and features on our faces are a result of mere aging; rather they may manifest because of health or emotional issues that are going on elsewhere in our bodies.

While the procedure works to help patients of any age look younger and more vibrant, acupuncture can also address the areas of "dis-health" that may be causing an increase in the aging process. It not only works to delay the onset of lines before they start but also stops lines in their tracks by addressing what may actually be causing them.

Although this procedure does require the insertion of small, very fine needles into the body as well as into the face, patients find it relaxing and non-invasive. The acupuncture facial does not require any down time and patients find it a great alternative to Botox because it works to improve the look of the entire face. It fills in lines, sometimes even reversing them, and increases the collagen production in areas that need it, like frown lines, smile lines and smoker's lines around the mouth. In addition, the color and texture of the skin is brightened and smoothed, as areas effected by gravity become lifted.

While most patients seek out the procedure to improve their looks, they find an added bonus in the increased sense of healing and well-being that accompanies acupuncture.

Acupuncture doesn't just rid the appearance of lines so you look younger and healthier, it nourishes and supports your body so you truly ARE healthier, which radiates from your healthy skin.