Acupuncture works to treat a wide variety of medical conditions

The World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, integrative cancer treatment centers, fertility clinics, the military, and many insurance companies recognize the power of acupuncture.

Everyone can benefit from acupuncture as a preventative form of medicine. It can also be used as an alternative or complementary medicine.

Some of the many conditions treatable with acupuncture:




Mood swings/irritability


Morning sickness

Bell's Palsy

Musculoskeletal pain



Digestive upset



Night sweats and menopause-related complaints

Fatigue/low energy


Feeling cold


Hay fever

Side effects of cancer treatment

Infertility (male and female)

Sports injuries and overtraining


Stiff neck



Lactation issues

Tobacco dependence

Menstrual irregularities

Weight issues


History of Acupuncture

Rooted in the study of nature, acupuncture is an organized yet evolving system of diagnosis and treatment. The practice of acupuncture originated in China, spread throughout the world, and has stood the test of time – no less than 2,000 years. It has been practiced in the U.S. for over 200 years and in 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally codified the acupuncture needle as a medical device.


Science of Acupuncture

The scientific understanding of the mechanism behind acupuncture’s therapeutic action is still somewhat elusive but appears to involve connective tissue, muscles and the nervous system.1 Imaging studies have found that areas on the body known as acupuncture points and meridians correlate with highly vascularized areas2,3,4 and connective tissue planes5 providing evidence to support acupuncture theory. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions that affect the body, mind and spirit/emotion.6


1 Napadow et al. (2008) "The status and future of acupuncture mechanism research." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Chenglin et al. (2014) "The micro-structure of Shangjuxu acupoint (ST37) by X-ray phase-contrast CT imaging based on synchrotron radiation." In Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, 7th International Conference, pp. 85-89.

Chenglin et al. (2013) "X-ray phase-contrast CT imaging of the acupoints based on synchrotron radiation." Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena.

4 Zhang et al. (2011) "Synchrotron radiation phase-contrast X-ray CT imaging of acupuncture points." Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

5 Langevin and Yandow (2002) "Relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes." The Anatomical Record.

World Health Organization. (2002) Acupuncture: Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials. Geneva: World Health Organization.


 “Numerous examples reveal that the regulatory action of acupuncture is bi-directional. Acupuncture lowers the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and elevates it in patients with hypotension; increases gastric secretion in patients with hypoacidity, and decreases it in patients with hyperacidity…”

World Health Organization Report

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 Since going to see Angie I have seen a huge shift in my well being. I had a long list of health related issues prior to seeing Angie and after the first session, I noticed an improvement in my mood and after a few weeks my energy level increased. This is huge for me as I had been very sick for over a year. The other things on my health issues list have improved so dramatically that many aren’t a problem anymore. I have been seeing her now for about 3 months. Without going into detail regarding my particular health issues I want to express that because of Angie at Rootstock and my acupuncture sessions with her I am doing better than I have been in a very long time, for many years. I have told her I am starting to feel like myself again, and that has been a long time coming. I’m very grateful to have chosen Angie and I highly recommend her as she is as dedicated to your health vision as you are. She is patient, kind, a good listener and takes time to discuss and understand you and your health issues. When you are in a session with her, you are the only one she is concerned with. She is very aware of you and your comfort, and for those worried about the needles, she is gentle with the needles. I have to say if you’re looking for someone to help you with whatever health issues your facing, then I would book a session with Angie at Rootstock and experience it for yourself.

All I can say is I’m very grateful for Angie’s expertise, genuine care, and her help in my healing. It has made a huge difference in my health, my well being and my life. So thank you Angie!

– L. Swanson, Southwest Montana


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