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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Body & Soul Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MDI once heard a Western Medical Doctor say, “Acupuncture is perhaps, the oldest, most effective form of medicine on the planet.”  Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

Nothing needs to be wrong.

There is a misconception that something needs to be wrong to receive acupuncture.  That is not the case; acupuncture is largely a preventative form of medicine.  Acupuncture is highly effective treating an aspect that is out of balance in the body, causing pain, or emotional distress.  In ancient China, Acupuncturists were only paid when their patients were well.  When a patient became ill, the Acupuncturist was not paid again until the patient recovered.  Receiving regular acupuncture treatments along with a lifestyle based on wellness, can prevent a host of problems from forming in the future. 

In the United States we live in a society that is largely reactive, rather than preventative, and that pertains especially to medicine and health.  Chinese medicine focuses on preventing problems before they occur – leading to an increased level of wellness which greatly enhances life. 

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Tamara Wilton offers Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MDMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Body & Soul Acupuncture offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MDYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I am licensed by the state of Maryland. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

Acupuncture - Body & Soul Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MDWhen you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

Tamara Wilton offers Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MDAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain
  • Whiplash
  • Fibromyalgia

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea/Constipation

  • Bloating

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders

Respiratory ComplaintsBody & Soul Acupuncture offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MD

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis
Common cold


  • Urinary Tract Infection/Cystitis
  • Yeast Infection
  • Water Retention
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Urination Problems

Women’s Health

  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Irregular Periods
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Morning Sickness

  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)


  • Addictions
  • Mood-related Disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes

  • Hypertension

  • Fatigue

  • Sleeping Problems

  • Dizziness

  • Side effects of Chemo/Radiation

  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Acupuncture - Body & Soul Acupuncture in Huntingtown, MD 

Tamara's Hours:
Monday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED