My name is Shelby Connelly and I am a NCCAOM certified acupuncturist. I received my Masters in acupuncture at The Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland and have been practicing here in the North Country since 1998. My private  practice is here at Five Elements Living.

An acupuncture treatment is the insertion of extremely thin stainless steel needles into precise points on the body. The combination of points are prescribed based on the pattern of imbalance determined by the practitioner.


History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China about 3,500 years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s population. Although its use spread throughout Asia, little was known about it in the West until President Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1971 when accounts of the use of acupuncture for pain control appeared in the New York Times.

Physical Pain

Back / Lumbar / Sciatica / Neck / Shoulder / Knee / Carpal Tunnel / Tennis Elbow / Muscle Aches / Sprains / Strains / Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis / Fibromyalgia

Emotional / Psychological

Stress / Anxiety / Depression

Stop Smoking & Detox with NADA protocol

Digestion Disorders

Bloating / Heartburn / Acid Reflux

Nausea / Constipation / IBS / Weight Loss

Women’s Health

Infertility / Menopause / PMS / Menstrual Problems

UTI / Endometriosis / PCOS / Fibroids

Head/ Eyes / Ears / Nose / Throat

Common Cold and Flu / Allergies / Sinus Problems / Headache

Migraine / Tinnitus / TMJ / Bell’s Palsy / Facial Pain / Vision Problems

Heart Health

Fatigue / Insomnia

Hypertension / Restlessness

Acupuncture for Cancer Care

Acupuncture is used to treat many illnesses and ailments and in cancer patients. Patients use it to control pain and to relieve nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems.

Acupuncture works by causing physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain, affecting blood pressure and body temperature. Laboratory and animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture also helps the immune system be stronger during chemotherapy.

The strongest evidence of the effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on the use of acupuncture to relieve nausea and vomiting, but acupuncture appears to be more effective in preventing vomiting than in reducing nausea.

It is important that acupuncture treatment be given by a qualified practitioner such as myself who uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient.

Currently treating cancer patients at the following facilities :

Claxton - Hepburn Medical Center

Richard E. Winter Cancer Center

(315) 393 – 2314

Canton-Potsdam Hospital

Canton-Potsdam Hospital

(315) 261-5890