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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture Athens GASeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Chinese medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body,we are able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself. In addition, We have extensive training in both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture which uses palpation of points to diagnose the underlying cause of an imbalance. These points are usually sensitive when lightly pressed. After treating the imbalance, these points are less sensitive and therefore symptoms are also eased.  

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Athens GAMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when we insert them. When the needles are gently stimulated you may feel a unique sensation that Chinese medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe a feeling of warmth, tingling or a moving sensation traveling down the meridian pathway. During the treatment, patients report a sense of calmness. Afterwards, they leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 6 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being are recommended and often scheduled seasonally or on an as-needed basis. Your practitioner will discuss a treatment plan with you during the first visit.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Athens GAYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. We have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and are licensed by the state of Georgia. As required by law,we use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment your pracitioner will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Chnese medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Athens GAAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and we will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. Next,  we will palpate points on your hands, feet, neck and abdomen. The acupuncture points we choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 10 to 15 needles. Once the needles are inserted, we will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions we can treat, but please feel free to contact us about your specific health condition.  The conditions highlighted are the most common symptoms we treat along with neurological and immune system difficulties. 

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Athens GA


  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Reproductive Issues/ Women's Concerns 

  • Infertility, female and male
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Pregnancy back pain, nausea, insomnia, anxiety
  • Menopausal hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, libido 



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5 Points Acupuncture
2027 S. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605