Traditional Chinese medicine is a complete medical system designed to treat disease and promote health and longevity. With nearly one third of all people worldwide using traditional Chinese medicine as primary care, it is one of the most widely used health systems in the world.

Acupuncture uses tiny, sterile, single use needles that are inserted gently into various points on the body to facilitate the flow of energy along energetic pathways called meridians. The movement of the body’s energy (Qi) allows healing to take place. If the pathways are blocked or are stagnant, symptoms like pain and possible disease processes can take place. It is the goal of Acupuncture to remove the blockage and help the body maintain a balanced state that will result in overall health and wellness. It is believed that acupuncture can help regulate the nervous system which affects brain chemistry through the release of neurotransmitters and possibly regulate hormones.

During a painless acupuncture treatment, the body becomes calm and the mind rests, giving the body time to re-boot and heal from the stressors and challenges of life.

We use a Computerized Acugraph Digital Meridian Imaging System to analyze and document the energetic status of your acupuncture meridians.  You will receive this computerized examination and given your results with a print out.  I like to think of this as an MRI or Xray of your energetics, ancient wisdom meets cutting-edge technology. With this information, we can make better informed decisions about your condition and provide the best treatment possible.  We also do traditional tongue diagnosis and palpation as part of your exam.

Based on the findings, you will be treated possibly with acupuncture, percussive vibration therapy, cupping, Gua sha (think scrapping or Graston), non-needle acupuncture with micro-current, laser, infra-red heat, auricular (ear acupuncture) with micro-current or laser, neuropuncture, dry needing or a combination of some or all of the above. We use the gentlest of techniques to ensure that anyone can receive the best eastern care no matter their level of comfort.

We use the latest technology of computerized graphing with an Acupgraph to map out your meridians and diagnose your particular health so each treatment is customized for your particular issues.

The benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to the following: Anxiety, stress, depression, digestive complaints, and pain syndromes from an injury like sports or chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis, neurological problems, asthma, sinusitis, gynecological issues, fatigue and general wellness.

Multiple studies are showing results for migraine headaches, low back pain and helping patients deal with pain and emotional conditions related to cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. It has also been demonstrated to show clinical success in achieving pregnancy when combined and used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization.

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Autumn: The Harvest and Letting Go

Dr. Scott Greenapple

In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we look at seasons and consider them as elements.

With each change of the season, there are elements and meridians that correspond.  We look at the meridians and elements and how they tend to have a direct correlation to both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives.

We are now going from the relaxed carefree world of summer to the more serious and introspective energies that are associated with autumn. Fall is the metal element and the meridians involved are the lungs and the large intestine. This is the time of year for organization and setting boundaries.  Finish up projects you have started in spring and summer.  Focus on internal and cultivate your body-mind practice becoming more introspective.  The energy associated with the lungs is letting go.  Become mindful of letting go of anything we may be holding onto, making room for new experiences.

The emotion attached to the lung is grief and sadness. On the “healthier side” of the emotion, the lung is also associated with clear thinking and communication, openness to new ideas, positive self-image and ability to let go and be happy. When we let go, we can create courage, virtue, and strength in our immune system as well as our emotional well being.  This is when acupuncture or Qi Gong is needed most.  When the energy is stuck, stagnant or out of balance, that is when the negative emotion or physical ailment can come out. You may have issues dealing with excessive grief, difficulty coping with change, or a prolonged sense of sadness. You may be holding onto and reliving the past, playing the same tune over and over in your head instead of living in the present.

The lung meridian is a Yin meridian and controls the lung itself, the skin, the arm/shoulder, and neck region. The air comes in through the nose and nourishes the lung and helps with cellular respiration.  When out of balance, people tend to have arm/shoulder pain, neck pain, and stiffness as well as headaches. This is the time of year to get colds, sore throats, and sinus issues if out of balance.  Think of Yin as substance and Yang as a function. Air and oxygen is the substance that nourishes and where we get energy or Qi.

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The large intestine is the Yang meridian associated with the metal element.  It is responsible for the end of the detoxification process and elimination.  Fresh air comes in with breathing and the lungs and nourishes us and the large intestine clears and detoxifies the body and detoxifies our thoughts.  These are the principles of Yin and Yang with the lung and large intestine.

When the energy or Qi is moving freely, the physical and emotional aspects have more of a positive and healing effect.

Below are some ways to stay balanced during the fall/metal element season including foods that you should add and consume to your daily diet.

  1. Many of my patients come in whenever the season changes to get balanced with specific points relating to the meridians involved for that season.
  2. Let go of negativity. Just becoming aware is a good start.
  3. Try taking a deep breath for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 5-7 seconds and breathe out for 8 seconds.  This clears the negativity and resets your sympathetic and parasympathetic system for stress reduction.  (Also aides in insomnia).
  4. Wear a scarf. Fall is the time for wind.  In Chinese medicine, the wind is responsible for around 100 different types of disease.  This time of year, colds, coughs and flu.


Eat less cooling and more warming foods. Soups are great for warming, digestion and immune support, getting ready for the long cold winter months. Try adding some of the following: Garlic, sweet potatoes, cabbage, ginger, turmeric, onion, cinnamon, pears, walnuts, mizo, yogurt, bananas, apples, pears.  Think of foods that will moisten and warm the cool dry air that is invading the body.

Do not forget to get out and walk or exercise.  Try to relax with meditations and Qi Gong.

For any questions on acupuncture, Qi Gong or mindfulness meditation , feel free to call the office or send an email.  Remember, energy goes where the Qi flows.

Qi Gong is a simple practice that can yield some profound results.

Remember, the first line of health care is self care.