On Point!

By Joanne Delaney


Over the last few weeks I began doing something I always wanted to do but was too chicken to try.

I started Acupuncture.

You see, I had this vision in my mind of having a million needles sticking out of every part of my body, however this isn’t at all the case.

My Acupuncturist Peirce is extremely sought after and I was lucky to get a weekly appointment with him, he’s excellent, and the kind of Therapist who actually listens to me, and understands my situation, more times than not he can tell me more about me than even I know.

Acupuncture for me so far has been extremely relaxing, and my sleep has been drastically improved.

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.

How acupuncture is said to work

Acupuncture dates back to at least 100 B.C., which is when an organized system of diagnosis and treatment using needles was first described in writing in China. However, the practice likely precedes this written history, according to Dr. Edzard Ernst, a research physician specializing in the study of complementary and alternative medicine.

But the modern practice of acupuncture has changed considerably since it was first introduced in China, according to David W. Ramey and Bernard E. Rollin, who describe the evolution of acupuncture in their book "Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003). By the 18th century, acupuncture looked much different than the practices described in ancient Chinese texts. And by the early 20th century, aspiring doctors at the Chinese Imperial Medical Academy no longer studied acupuncture, according to the authors.


Usually, when people are more health conscious, they pay attention to diet, they exercise more, they think about a mind-body approach to decrease stress, and they might also use acupuncture. Ideally, I think these things should all come together, rather than having the goal be to use acupuncture to treat everything.

Ill keep you all updated 😉