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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mel Baker-Thompson

What is Acupuncture?

Chinese Medicine is the original functional medicine.

Acupuncture is a 5,000-year-old system of disease treatment and prevention involving the insertion of fine needles at specific points, the administration of plant-based medicinals (herbs), exercise, nutrition, meditation, and lifestyle modification to bring about the reversal of disease and optimize health. Acupuncture is widely used to alleviate pain syndromes and effectively treat all manner of physical, physiological, mental, and emotional complaints.

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that there are approximately 2,000 acupoints on the body that connect to 20 meridians, or qi (pronounced “chee”) pathways. Much like an electrician who finds the short circuits in your home’s wiring, an acupuncturist determines where your qi is flowing excessively and deficiently – determined through tongue and pulse assessment– and selects points to restore homeostasis to your system. The end result is the elimination of pain, the end of digestive disorders and painful periods, higher fertility rates, even the lessening of your anxiety and insomnia.

The other aspect of Chinese Medicine that makes it an effective and sustainable treatment modality is its focus on the psychological side of the human condition. In every disease presentation there is the involvement of the mental/emotional self. Chinese Medicine takes into consideration the energetics of a disease condition and its impact on the patient, treating anxiety, depression, and obsessive disorders with a depth of understanding and approach that exemplifies the very definition of holistic medicine.


Mel Baker- Thompson is a New York State licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with over 3,000 hours of clinical and didactic training in Eastern and Western medical modalities. She has developed the Whole Life Integration Method to take natural functional medicine to the next level - incorporating the role of the mind in the optimization of authentic health. Over the last 20 years she has treated physicians, therapists, Rockettes, even an Olympic-qualifying athlete. From infants to grandparents, she has crafted an approach to health cultivation that combines the wisdom, skill, and acumen of Chinese Medicine with nutrition therapy, manual therapy, essential oils, and insight meditation to remove health disruptors in the body and mind.


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