Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture and herbal medicine, the foundations of Chinese medicine,

have been practiced for thousands of years to treat many different

types of ailments and injuries.  In China, many hospitals regularly use

acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with western medical


Acupuncture is based on the Chinese medicine concept of Qi (pronounced

chee). Qi is energy that flows along distinct pathways in the body,

similar to the pathways of the nerves and blood vessels. These

pathways, also called channels or meridians, connect to specific organs

in the body, such as the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, or kidneys.

Acupuncturists use a variety of diagnostic methods in formulating an

appropriate acupuncture and herbal prescription. This commonly includes

taking a patient’s pulse, looking at their tongue, and inquiring about

their various symptoms.

An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of hair thin needles

into specific points on the chosen pathways. The points are chosen for

their various functions, such as clearing heat, relieving stagnation,

or harmonizing the flow of Qi in the body. When our Qi is plentiful,

flowing freely and in balance we feel our best.

David Stokke, MS, LAc

2421 Fourth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710


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