At the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine is Acupuncture, accepted worldwide and recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective treatment for a wide range of health problems.

Acupuncture has evolved into a holistic medical system and has been used for thousands of years to help people get well and stay healthy.

Karen Borla at Quan Yin Healing Arts uses various acupuncture techniques in treatment. She is skilled at TCM style acupuncture, trigger and motor point release, electro-acupuncture, ear (auricular) acupuncture, and dry needling techniques.

Acupuncture Treatment Details

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into the body to regulate blood flow and activate the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy. Qi runs in specific, interconnected channels in the body, called Meridians, much like the network of blood vessels. Qi connects to, permeates, and influences every aspect of a person’s body, mind, and spirit.

Qi flows through the Meridians, nourishing the body’s cells, tissues, muscles, organs, glands, and the brain. The state of Qi affects the Mind, Emotions, and the physical body.

Disease and pain occur when the Qi and/or blood become stuck or out of balance. Activating the Qi and blood with acupuncture needles removes these blockages. It promotes natural healing and boosts immunity, physical and emotional well-being, and overall function.

Through careful diagnosis, asking questions, looking, listening, and feeling, an excellent acupuncturist can determine where the Qi and blood are out of balance or stuck and the right course of action to correct them.

An electro-acupuncture treatment

An acupuncturist can affect treatment by the points chosen and how the needles are manipulated. For example, the acupuncturist may decide to use electro-acupuncture, or they may choose to warm the needles. In some cases, the needle is manipulated by hand to release trigger or motor points to aid in treating certain muscular conditions. In other cases, the needles may be gently inserted and not manipulated.

Many people ask how acupuncture works. Western science has sought to find the answer, but so far, only theories exist. It is thought that acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system, which causes a release of chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may boost the body’s natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture can treat the following conditions

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fertility
  • Infertility
  • Women’s Issues
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Sport Injuries
  • Sport Recovery
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica Hip Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Jaw Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Sleep Issues
  • Tendonitis
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive Issues
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Morning Sickness
  • Indigestion
  • Respiratory issues
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Symptoms of the Common Cold
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Muscle Tension & Tightness

Karen treats patients from West Hartford and throughout the greater Hartford area. If you have questions about whether or not acupuncture is right for you, give Karen a call, and she will be happy to discuss your situation with you and how she may be able to help.