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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in Ancient China. It is the oldest continually practiced health system in the world, and is practiced today in almost every country.
To the traditional acupuncturist, the life energy that flows through the body is called ch’i or qi (pronounced chee). That energy flows in channels through the body like the rivers and streams do in nature. When the energy flows freely, health flourishes. When the energyis blocked, illness can occur. Or, you can think of it the other way around: when illness occurs, the energy is blocked.

Randi Sobel 

M.Ac., L.Ac., FT.

Licensed Acupuncturist

Certified Animal Acupuncturist

Certified Zero Balancer

Fellow in Thanatology

End of Life Doula


Greenspring Valley Healing Arts Center

8 Greenspring Valley Road

Suite 100 (for people)

Suite 102 (separate entrance for pets)

Owings Mills, MD 21117


Phone 410.654.8997 ext.1

Illness, injury and even everyday stresses like deadlines and disappointments can disrupt the harmonious movement of energy. Stresses can compound over time, leading to symptoms later. If an underlying problem is not addressed, more serious problems can occur later. Treatment can ease current, chronic or acute conditions.


The acupuncturist is trained to recognize hundreds of precise points at which blockages can occur. Slender, sterile, one time use only, needles are inserted to stimulate these points and remove the blockages. By influencing the qi at these points, the practitioner encourages the body’s innate healing power to restore equilibrium to your whole being.

The traditional acupuncturist treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Each person represents a totally unique combination of influences; as a result, each person’s treatment is tailored just for them. In other words, five people coming in with a headache will probably receive five different treatments. In this way, you are treated as a whole person, not as a headache.


Conditions treated by acupuncture:


The effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented. The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization list some of the conditions that acupuncture has successfully treated or helped in facilitating healing:



Abdominal pain                           Digestive trouble                          Incontinence                             Osteoarthritis                                Sore throat


Addictions                                     Dizziness-vertigo                          Indigestion                                 Pain                                                   Tennis elbow


Allergies                                         Dysentery                                       Infertility                                    Premenstrual syndrome             Stroke recovery


Anxiety                                           Emotional problems                    Insomnia                                    Pneumonia                                      Tonsillitis


Arthritis                                          Eye problems                                Irregular menses                      Post-operative recovery              Trigeminal neuralgia


Asthma                                           Facial palsy and ticks                 Irritable bowel syndrome       Reproductive problems               Ulcers


Carpal tunnel syndrome            Fatigue                                           Low-back pain                            Rhinitis                                             Urogenital


Chronic fatigue                             Fibromyalgia                                Menopausal syndrome            Sciatica                                             Urinary tract infections


Colitis                                              Gastritis                                         Menstrual irregularities          Seasonal affective disorder        Vomiting


Common flu or cold                    Gingivitis                                        Migraine                                       Skin disorders


Constipation                                 Headache                                       Morning sickness                       Shoulder pains


Dental pain                                   Hiccup                                             Nausea                                          Sinusitis


Depression                                   Hypertension                                 Neuralgia                                     Sleeping disturbance


Diarrhea                                       Immune disorder                          Numbness                                    Smoking



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