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Sharon Shuppert, Dipl. OM, L.Ac. has received training from world-renowned acupuncture teacher, Dr. Richard The-Fu Tan. For premium quality oriental medicine treatments, contact The Phoenix & Dragon in Austin, TX, or book an appointment online at

Acupuncture Q & A

How does acupuncture work?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is a technique that allows the practitioner to bring a patient’s energy or life force back into balance. This energy is often referred to as “Qi” or “Chi”. Sharon will insert tiny needles through the skin at specific points on your body. Many Western acupuncturists believe the needles helps stimulate the muscles, nerves, and connective tissues of the body, increasing blood flow and enhancing the body’s natural painkillers.

Your acupuncturist may utilize pressure, heat, and electrical stimulation in addition to inserting needles at certain acupuncture points. Cupping, moxibustion, manual massage and various other techniques may also be used.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

Many people commonly assume that acupuncture is only effective at relieving pain. While it’s true that this oriental medicine technique can relieve all types of pain, such as back pain, neck pain, headaches and migraines, dental pain, and post-operative pain, acupuncture offers a host of other benefits beyond pain relief.

It can be used to treat:

  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Hypertension and hypotension
  • Induction of labor
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sciatica
  • Stroke

The conditions listed above are just a few among those that can be minimized or eliminated with acupuncture. Call The Phoenix & Dragon to inquire about the many other illnesses or diseases treated with acupuncture.

What can I expect during my acupuncture session?

Your acupuncture session will vary depending on the source of your presenting problem. I will talk with you and ask questions about your symptoms so that I can personalize the session for you.

I use Dr. Tan’s Balance Method and Master Tung acupuncture, Both primarily uses points on the arms, legs and head.  Typically, you will remain clothed for acupuncture.  (For cupping or massage, you will be asked to undress and be covered with a sheet for your modesty). You will then lie down on a comfortably padded table. I will insert very fine needles in key locations around your body. The needles remain in place for a specified length of time as you lay back and relax. Patients often doze off into a restful sleep.  After the prescribed period of time, I will remove the needles and conclude the session. Multiple sessions of acupuncture may be required to give you the best results for your condition.

To find out if acupuncture is right for you, feel free to contact me, or schedule an appointment now at

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