Associated Questions and Answers

With Ruth Dalphin, (M.M., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM))

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of your body's healing energy through the insertion of hair-fine needles at specific points, which have been mapped out for 2500 years and recently scientifically verified.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is best understood within the Chinese medical model, which theorizes the flow of Qi and Blood through distinct meridians or pathways that run throughout the body much like nerves or blood vessels.

These pathways cannot be seen, but they can be measured. The Western medical model does not yet accept the concept of Qi; however, many doctors and other health care professionals are impressed with the results of acupuncture.

What is Qi?

Qi may be understood as the motivating force in your body that is responsible for turning food into blood, skin, bones, and organs, a vital life force, a substance and healing energy. When it flows smoothly you feel well; when it becomes blocked through injury, stress, indigestion, or disease you may feel pain or other discomfort.

Are the needles clean?

Yes, we use sterilized, packaged, disposable needles and dispose of them immediately after treatment, so there is no risk of cross contamination or infection from the needles.

What kinds of problems does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture addresses an enormous range of concerns with physical, mental and/or emotional symptoms, as it balances and harmonizes the body's sytems to restore health and vitality. Pain (head, back, knee, joint and other), digestive, respiratory, nervous, muscular, fertility issues, allergies and sinustitis are some of the many disorders that acupuncturists routinely treat.

Is it painful?

No. Rarely does the patient feel any discomfort at all. Most people are amazed and relieved to discover what a relaxing experience acupuncture is. One may or may not notice a tiny prick on insertion and/or a pleasant tingling sensation off and on as the body's Qi becomes smoother.

What else does an acupuncturist use besides fine needles?

An acupuncturist may use moxibustion, cupping, herbs, compresses, massage, liniments or electro stimulation or make specific dietary or exercise suggestions or recommend Chinese herbal supplements. Treatments are natural, pleasant, and holistic.

Can children receive acupuncture?

Yes. Often children are treated with few if any, needles and more massage or acupressure and other techniques.

How can I find a qualified acupuncturist?

In New Jersey, look for a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.). A national credential (Dipl.Ac.) is offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). These criteria assure at least 2500 hours of relevant training, and successful completion of state and national written and practical exams.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a form of Asian Bodywork Therapy or acupressure based on Qi flow and the meridians of Chinese medicine.

Assessments are based on traditional Asian methods like observation, listening, asking, and touching. Like acupuncture, shiatsu treats the whole person on the basis of these assessments, rather than making or treating a Western medical diagnosis.

Touch is the main healing method in shiatsu, and most people find a shiatsu treatment with its combination of pressing, holding and stretching not only deeply relaxing, but healing as well.

Results may in some cases be similar to those of acupuncture as far as relief of pain and discomfort. Cupping, guasha and dietary and exercise suggestions may be offered by trained practitioners.

Unlike most Western massage, shiatsu is usually done on a cotton futon on the floor, and loose, cotton clothing is worn. A table or special chair may be used for client comfort. No oils are used.

The receiver usually feels stress free, pain free, relaxed and deeply nurtured during and after a treatment.

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine and modern Western medicine are the two best-known and respected medical systems in the world. Chinese medicine is the older of the two with written records that span some 2500 years.

Over one-quarter of the world's population uses it today, and it is being researched throughout Asia, much of Europe, the United States and many other countries.

The best-known aspects of professional Chinese medicine in the U.S. are Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine and Asian Bodywork Therapy. Qigong and Feng Shui are also gaining respect and popularity.

What is Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation?

• Hot herbal compresses relax and nourish the face and neck and increase circulation.

• Protein and mineral mask firms and tightens the skin of the face and neck.

• Green tea compresses rejuvenate the eyes.

• Gentle facial acupuncture and brief rest stimulate and heal tired muscles and reduce lines.

• Mild electrical stimulation strengthens muscles for pleasing facial contours.

• Light Tuina massage with pearl cream further firms, nourishes and lubricates the skin.

A new relaxed, revitalized and smiling face greets you in the mirror.

One treatment brings a youthful glow to your face for a special event. For long lasting results a series of 10-12 treatments is recommended. Tune ups are available as needed, from once a month to a few times a year.

Price: $95.00
(approximately 1 hour)

Call (856) 985-8320

Monday-Thursday for an appointment.


"I have successfully treated patients with many common and uncommon ailments."
Such as:

PROFESSOR JIN-HUAG WANG was an expert on ancient Chinese calligraphy. The above character means "massage" and dates back thousands of years. He believed that Asian bodywork is the mother of Chinese medicine.


Phone: (856) 985-8320

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