The most well known modality of Oriental Medicine is Acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy, or qi (pronounced chee), circulates throughout the body in channels called meridians, much like blood circulates throughout the body in arteries and veins. A healthy body is dependent on the free flow of this energy. When there is a blockage of this energy, pain or disease results. In an acupuncture treatment, a practitioner inserts tiny, sterile and disposable needles into specific points on the body to release these blockages of energy. By clearing these blockages, the body can restore it’s naturally fluid circulation of energy. To understand this idea, one can visualize a car accident on the freeway that causes terrible traffic behind it for many miles. Not only are the cars on this freeway moving slowly, but also the drivers are maneuvering in and out of lanes to try to move faster and are most likely getting road rage in the meantime! A similar process occurs in the body when energy gets stuck. Not only does pain or dysfunction occur, but also emotional or psychological disturbances result as well.

Since the concept of qi is somewhat new to the West, many studies continue to be done to better understand the effects of Acupuncture using western medical concepts and terminology. The results of these studies show that acupuncture has a variety of beneficial health effects, including but not limited to activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (the relaxation response), improved circulation, improved immunity, and decreased pain responses. Both the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognize Acupuncture to be an effective treatment modality for a number of conditions including back pain, headaches, depression, allergies, and premenstrual pain. To see exactly what the WHO and NIH say about acupuncture, click on the links below:

World Health Organization: Acupuncture

National Institute of Health: Acupuncture






  • "I have been getting acupuncture for many years now and have found that it is very much an art form. Megan beautifully combines very powerful, effective treatments with a warm and caring approach that is such a rare combination in health care. She has significantly helped me with my digestive disorder and various aches and illnesses, allowing me to lead a much fuller and more active life. She has the gift of a true healer, paying attention to what each individual patient needs and having the knowledge and skill to provide it."- Daniel B.
  • "I started going to Megan for acupuncture a few months ago because I've had chronic knee pain going back several years. I'm not an expert on the ins and outs of acupuncture but the simple result is that the pain's largely subsided since I started treatment...I think the point of going to a specialist like Megan is, you want to feel like you're constantly moving in a good direction. I feel that way, and trust her, and feel very comfortable referring her to others."- Heath B.
  • "Megan Joyce is a great acupunturist! Not only is she professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to her field, she is very caring and authentic... Megan takes her time, asks thought-provoking questions and offers pertinent and appropriate advice. I had reservations of this therapy and was somewhat skeptical. But I'm feeling better and better. I highly recommend her."- Diane W.M
  • "I highly recommend Megan Joyce Acupuncture. I am new to acupuncture and started treatments for a handful of general health issues. Megan is extremely professional, detailed and passionate about the practice. She does not rush through your consultation. She listens and remembers too! I have been amazed by the improvements and effectiveness of acupuncture and herbs. I look forward to my sessions and I always leave feeling relaxed and with a great sense of well being!"- Diane C.
  • "Megan is simply the best and you should go out of your way to see her. She digs very deep into what your issues are before treating you because she genuinely cares about what you are trying to accomplish with your sessions. I have never felt rushed in any of our sessions because she always takes her time in explaining what she's doing.She is extremely professional and makes sure you are comfortable before whipping out the needles and getting the poke party started. I always look forward to my next visit!"- Henry P.
  • "I began seeing Megan two weeks into my first pregnancy until the birth of my daughter (and beyond). I've been treated by a number of acupuncturists over the last fourteen years and can honestly say that Megan has been one of the best. She is professional and thorough ... her warmth and genuine care for my health and well-being were unsurpassed. Megan helped ease any muscle pains and aches I had ... and I'm convinced that it was largely due to her treatments that my pregnancy and birth were as easy as they were. I cannot recommend her services enough to anyone who is interested in finding practitioner who is truly dedicated to this healing art..."- Jackie P.
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