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.
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
Bloating / Heartburn / Acid Reflux
Nausea / Constipation / IBS / Weight Loss
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
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.