What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, one of the main forms of therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been practiced for at least 2,500 years. In acupuncture, certain points on the body associated with energy channels or “meridians” are stimulated by the insertion of super fine needles, that range from 0.12mm to 0.30mm (compared to a normal hypodermic needle at 29mm, acupuncture needles are barely felt if at all). The points can be needled between 15 and 90 degrees relative to the skin’s surface, depending on treatment.

Acupuncture restores health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body. Practitioners of TCM believe that there is a vital force or energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) that flows through the body, between the skin surface and the internal organs, and along channels or pathways called meridians. There are 12 major and 8 minor meridians. Qi regulates the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical harmony of the body by keeping the forces of yin and yang in balance. Yang is a principle of heat, activity, brightness, outwardness, while yin represents coldness, passivity, darkness, interiority, etc. TCM does not try to eliminate either yin or yang, but to keep them in harmonious balance. Acupuncture may be used to raise or lower the level of yin or yang in a specific part of the body in order to restore the energy balance.

The overall experience for those receiving acupuncture treatments can vary greatly. Most report feeling very relaxed during the treatment and many fall asleep. Some find the treatments to be very invigorating and energizing. Almost all report decreased stress and improved well-being. Interestingly, it is rare that a patient reports overall discomfort or pain associated with the treatments, even if they went in with a good deal of concern or fear over the idea of needling. Whatever the case, it is worth looking into further if you are interested in this ancient form of healing. Call or email today for a free informational consult with one of our acupuncturists.

Carey Velenchenko, Acupuncturist, Master of Oriental Medicine (Minnetonka)

Carey Velenchenko is Sunu’s Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, practicing Acupuncture, Cupping, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has had 15 years of experience treating clients in a wide variety of settings including: private practice, total wellness, and adolescent and adult residential programming for the treatment of eating disorders. Carey’s experience has given her the necessary tools and wisdom to treat a wide variety of conditions and symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, digestive issues, pain and injuries, menstrual irregularities, fertility, auto-immune disorders, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and menopausal discomfort.

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Cassie Warren, Acupuncturist, Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Linden Hills)

Cassie Warren, AcupuncturistCassie Warren is a board licensed acupuncturist. She obtained her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, with specialized training at Being Alive, a clinic dedicated to patients with HIV. Cassie has worked in clinical settings ranging from community acupuncture to private practice. With such a wide range of clinics, she has treated all types of ailments – pain (chronic and acute), digestion issues, fertility, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, headaches, frozen shoulder, to name a few.

She is a dedicated practitioner and believes in the combination of both eastern and western practices to give the highest quality care and achieve the best results for her patients.

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