Where I place acupuncture needles is going to be different each time a client sees me.

For instance, if you come in with chronic headaches (just above the middle of your eyebrows) I may place acupuncture needles in your feet, actually relieving the pain… so what gives?

Think of an area of pain or illness as a traffic jam along a highway. There’s simply too much congestion, in one place, causing rising temperatures, lack of movement, and really bad air from exhausts.

Acupuncture meridians are the body’s energy pathways.

So, an acupuncturist can figure out which parts of your systems need to

be adjusted by following the body’s signals. These signals tell us where one area is limping along, while others are working too hard as a result.

This is why, during our assessment, I’ll feel the pulse on your wrist or neck, or take a peek at your tongue, before picking the acupuncture points to stimulate. This energetic assessment gives me a sense of where the flow is best directed at that time.

The approach is to choose acupuncture points away from areas in your body that are overcrowded and congested.

Using that headache as an example, our acupuncture point locations are an attempt to open up exits and secondary roads around blockages. Doing so enables the energy traffic to get moving, restoring balance and a sense of calm as well.


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.