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How Does Acupuncture Work?


In a nutshell, acupuncture works to balance the body and restore normal and healthy function.  It treats the root cause of a disease.  For example, for digestive issues, we treat your stomach.  This regulates your stomach and restores normal stomach function.

For urinary issues, we treat your kidneys.  We can make your kidney energy stronger and relieve symptoms such as incontinence and frequent urination.  We will treat points on the kidney meridian to regulate its function.

Chinese medicine diagnosis is completely different from modern medicine diagnosis.  We treat on a holistic level.

The following is a list of symptoms and the heading of that section will give you an idea of what causes the problem.

For a complete evaluation, you need to have an acupuncturist look at your tongue and take your pulse, as well as ask other questions.  This list is informational only.

You only need to have ONE symptom per list to have that considered as being out of balance.


Overall temperature (Kidney energy)

  • Cold hands
  • Cold fingers
  • Cold feet
  • Cold toes
  • Sweaty hands
  • Sweaty feet
  • Hot body temperature (sensation)
  • Cold body temperature (sensation)
  • Afternoon flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Heat in the hands, feet and chest
  • Hot flashes any time of the day
  • Thirsty
  • Perspire easily
  • Lack of perspiration
  • Take water to bed


Overall Energy (Lung and Kidney Energy)

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty keeping eyes open in the daytime
  • General weakness
  • Easily catch colds
  • Low energy
  • Feel worse after exercise


Overall blood (Liver, spleen, heart function)

  • Dizziness
  • Floaters (See black spots floating in front of your eyes), you can look at a wall to test this


Heart Energy

  • Palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Sores on the tip of the tongue
  • Restlessness
  • Mental confusion
  • Frequent dreams
  • Wake unrefreshed


Lung energy

  • Nasal discharge
  • Cough
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sinus congestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry throat
  • Dry nose
  • Dry skin
  • Allergies
  • Alternating fever and chills
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Overall achy feeling in the body
  • Stiff shoulders
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sadness


Spleen energy

  • Low appetite
  • Abrupt weight gain or loss
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal gas
  • Gurgling noise in the stomach
  • Fatigue after eating
  • Prolapsed organs
  • Easily bruised
  • Over-thinking
  • Worry

Spleen, Stomach, Large intestine and Small intestine energy

  • Loose stools
  • Constipation
  • Incomplete stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Mucous in stools
  • Undigested food in stools


Dampness trapped in body

  • General sensation of heaviness in the body
  • Mental heaviness
  • Mental sluggishness
  • Mental fogginess
  • Swollen hands
  • Swollen feet
  • Swollen joints
  • Chest congestion
  • Nausea
  • Snoring


Stomach function

  • Burning sensation after eating
  • Large appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth canker sores
  • Bleeding, swollen or painful gums
  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcer
  • Belching
  • Hiccups
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting


Liver and Gall bladder energy

  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Chest pain
  • Tight sensation in the chest
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Anger easily
  • Frustration
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Skin rashes
  • Headache at the top of the head
  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness
  • Muscle cramping
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Convulsions
  • Lump on the throat
  • Neck tension
  • Limited range of motion of neck
  • Shoulder tension
  • High-pitched ringing in the ears
  • Gallstones (history or current)


Kidney and Bladder Energy

  • Sore knees
  • Weak knees
  • Low back pain
  • Memory problems
  • Excessive hair loss
  • Low-pitched ringing in the ears
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder infections
  • Wake during the night twice or more to urinate
  • Lack of bladder control (incontinence)
  • Fear
  • Easily startled