align your natural healing with acupuncture

Acupuncture at Align Health and Wellness perfectly complements the expert care you are receiving. Maria Phillips, DAOM, L Ac, is a licensed acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience. Using very fine needles gently inserted at specific points on the body, natural healing takes place through the movement of energy within the body. Acupuncture practitioners are trained in the holistic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine to select these points, based on over 3,000 years of experience in China.
Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:
• Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
• Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
• Improving overall health.
At Align Health and Wellness we frequently utilize acupuncture to relieve the pain and discomfort of —

  • Headache and Migraines
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Women’s Issues
  • Nausea

Western science and Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western science tends to use drugs and surgery as needed. Acupuncturists tend to use gentle needling and herbs. A combination of both systems creates an ideal environment of health and healing.

The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (or meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These meridians are rivers of energy flowing through the body. 71 meridians have been identified in the human body, as a basic human energy map. Meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each major organ is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain parts of the body such as muscles, bones, joints, and other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When this occurs, or when the Qi is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body’s innate balance is disrupted; illness results.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine complements conventional medicine. They are not substitutes for any conventional medical advice, medications or treatments. It can help to reduce or eliminate the need for medications including narcotics and other pain-relievers for many conditions, but your family doctor must always be consulted in such instances.
When you arrive, the practitioner will sit with you and do an intake. We are interested in all your symptoms and medical history which helps to determine our treatment strategy. The Chinese medical model is often very effective at treating hard to diagnose problems since it does not rely on having to know the biochemical reason for your condition, which is not known in most cases, even where blood tests and MRI’s are normal. When blood tests show imbalances, it is not usually known why this is happening.
This difference in perspective means that Traditional Chinese Medicine can often make sense of illnesses that Western medicine has difficulty treating. In cases where Western medicine may be limited to prescribing medication for symptom management, acupuncture may be able to intervene and encourage the body in a self-healing process.

In 1997, the U.S. National Institute of Health published a Consensus Statement on the use and effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions. Read the complete list of conditions that acupuncture treats here.