What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing modality that has been practiced for over 2500 years. By inserting fine needles, or using other techniques, to stimulate specific points and areas on the human body, acupuncture taps into the meridian system that runs through the human body. The meridian system is a network of energetic pathways that run externally to the skin and muscles and internally to the organs and tissues. This explains why needling points on the surface of the body are able to affect complex internal processes. Acupuncture can be used to aid in the heath of almost any condition as it at root works to restore dynamic harmony in all systems of the body. It is a great tool to be used in adjunct with western biomedicine and other healing modalities.

Acupuncture can be used to treat:

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Menstrual pain and gynecological conditions
  • Orthopedic pain (Back pain, Joint pain, Myofascial pain)
  • Nausea and side effects of chemotherapy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Mental-Emotional conditions (Anxiety, Depression)
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Postoperative pain and recovery

  • Neurological disorders (Stroke recovery, Parkinson’s)
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Addiction
  • Stress reduction
  • Insomnia
  • And more!

What to expect?

Acupuncture needles are fine filiform needles (solid, not hollow like a hypodermic needle) about the width of a strand of hair. Needles are inserted into the skin at various acupoints at a depth of .25-1.5 inches depending on the area of the body. The sensation of a needle can vary from person to person and is generally a gentle feeling, but it can be accompanied by sensations of pinching, heaviness, aching, or light throbbing. These sensations generally fade as the treatment progresses. Most needles are left in for about 30 minutes or more as the acupuncture session finds a harmonious conclusion. An acupuncture session may be accompanied by other techniques used in traditional Asian medicine such as:

Moxibustion: the burning of Ai Ye (mugwort herb) directly on the skin or above the skin for warming or for acupoint stimulation

Cupping: the application of small globe shaped cups to the skin applied with suction to providerelief for areas of muscular tension and other conditions.

Gua sha: Repetitive gliding of a small rounded edge tool on the skin used to release excess conditions of the fascia and tissue as well as certain internal conditions.

Tuina: Chinese body work technique involving the pressing, pushing, and stretching of muscleand soft tissue for relief of orthopedic issues performed with the patient fully clothed.

Acupuncture is most effective when performed in a series of treatments. Depending on the nature of the individual and severity of the condition being treated, this may be anywhere from 1-3 treatments per week for an initial period of 1-6 months, followed by a maintenance period of weekly, biweekly or monthly treatments. Discussion of the appropriate frequency of treatment for your condition is discussed in the first appointment and is an ongoing evaluation depending on the individual’s response to treatment.


New patient appointment

The initial appointment is 1 ½ hours in length. About 30-45 minutes is spent in assessing health history and personal constitution and thorough assessment of what brings you in. The remainder of the first visit is spent on the initial treatment.

Regular session

A typical session lasts 50 min. The intake is much shorter as a comprehensive history has been taken in the initial session and most of the time is occupied by the treatment itself.

All sessions

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up giving access to points on the arms and legs. Skirts, gym shorts, sleeveless shirts is attire that can help have the most ease of access to a greater number of points on the body. Make sure that you have eaten in the last 4 hours and are well hydrated for your appointment.

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About Maria…

Maria Spangler is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) She incorporates many techniques into her Chinese Medicine practice which include Acupuncture, Tuina (bodywork), Moxibustion (heat therapy), Cupping, and Herbal Medicine.

From a young age, Maria has been drawn to healing systems that extend beyond the mainstream medical paradigm. The notion that health in the individual is absolutely dependent on the harmonious interplay of the mind, body, emotions, and spirit is a truth that has always resonated with her. This strong connection led her to explore many healing modalities, including massage therapy, Reiki, folk herbalism, and Shamanic Healing. In addition to practicing Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she is a Reiki Master, Shamanic Energy Practitioner and Herbalist.

In her work, Maria listens closely to what the client’s body is saying to reveal the strong but often unacknowledged connection between physical and emotional health. This approach can have profound effects, shifting awareness and the physical state to reveal what ails us, that which causes us “dis-ease”. Her acupuncture style focuses on gentle techniques, including pulse diagnosis, abdominal palpation, and Japanese-style needling. Maria’s approach is helpful for most conditions, but is particularly useful for individuals seeking mental-emotional balance, and those with autoimmune disorders, chronic illness, and pain.

Core to Maria’s approach of healing is connecting to the wisdom of the Heart. In many esoteric and traditional medicines around the globe, the heart center is the bridge between our physical/earthly reality below and spirit/cosmic reality above. The Heart integrates the grounding of the body with the intangible spark of the Spirit. The path of healing by the heart’s wisdom connects us to all parts of ourselves and brings that which is disconnected into a harmonious, interactive whole.

Maria enjoys spending her leisure time pursuing her love of plants & herbs and working on home fermentation projects and herbal preparations. She is an amateur mycologist and often has medicinal and gourmet mushrooms growing in her greenhouse.