Wellness with Acupuncture Logo

Jaime Wherry, L.Ac.
5 Route 94
Viking Village, Suite E
Vernon, NJ 07462

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called "qi", that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.

Acupuncturists insert needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence the restoration of balance to the flow of qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body.

Acupuncture  gained popularity in the United States when President Nixon visited China in 1972. Traveling with Nixon was New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the post-operative pain relief he experienced from the procedure that he wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.

In 1997, acupuncture needles were reclassified from "experimental" to "medical device" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The National Institutes of Health released a consensus statement in the same year endorsing acupuncture for the treatment of a variety of conditions such as post-operative pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Acupuncture is now one of the most popular of the alternative therapies.
 The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating more then 40 disorders.

The number of acupuncture treatments you need depends on the complexity of your illness, whether it's a chronic or recent condition, and your general health.  Some acute conditions may need only one treatment, while chronic conditions may require treatments once or twice a week for several months to achieve good results.

All needles used are single use, sterile, and disposable.

Acupuncture treatments typically last about one hour.  

What is Kiiko Style Acupuncture?

Kiiko Matsumoto is a renowned acupuncturist, author, and international lecturer who apprenticed with some of the most respected acupuncturists in Japan, including Masters Nagano, Manaka, and Kawai. From her studies and decades of clinical experience, she has developed this unique approach to palpatory evaluation of the body to inform diagnosis and guide treatment.

In this style of acupuncture, palpation in specific areas of the body reveals findings that are called reflexes. These reflexes inform diagnosis, guide point choice, and help to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. These reflexes respond while the patient is on the treatment table thus giving the treatment an immediacy that is interesting and exciting for both the practitioner and patient.

Kiiko Style addresses patient health issues from several levels. By looking more deeply into factors that often underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints, including past history, personal constitution, and/or structural imbalances, the practitioner is able to assist in a more complete and lasting healing. This holistic approach gives a Kiiko Style practitioner the ability to help patients with the most complex issues.