ACUPUNCTURE is an ancient technique used to help illicit healing of the body, mind and soul. It consists of inserting very fine, sterile, filiform needles into the skin at points along pathways called meridians in order to regulate your vital force or “Qi” which flows through these meridians. These points and meridians are part of a greater web of the body and will stimulate parts of the body that are not adjacent to the needle. Some forms of acupuncture are “non-insertive” meaning that a blunt needle is used on the surface of the skin and never penetrates the skin, along with other tools used on the surface of the skin. Over several years an acupuncturist studies the structure and function of the body, the location of the points, what they do and how it all relates. Along with the required hours and courses of study national and/or state board exams are successfully completed before a practitioner is grated a license. A course and exam in the proper and safe use and disposal of needles is required.
Kimberly practices a blend of Japanese and Chinese styles of acupuncture, preferring meridian based styles. In general, Japanese styles use thinner needles inserted to a very shallow depth, specific forms of moxabustion, and other various tools. The "non-insertive" forms of acupuncture are of the Japanese school.
Kanto College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Tokyo, Japan