Sandra Walia Guillow, Lic. Ac. - serving Acupuncture Patients on the Connecticut Shoreline and the New London County and Norwich area.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on treating the overall well-being of the patient, rather than isolated treatments of specific symptoms. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, good health depends on the body’s vital energy (known as chi or qi) moving in a smooth and balanced way through channels beneath the skin (called meridians).

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Chinese use the term “jing luo” which means, channels, conduit, meridian etc. According to acupuncture, these are the invisible channels through which qi circulates throughout the body. The acupuncture points (or holes as the Chinese term xue is more aptly translated means) are the locations where the qi of the channels rises close to the surface of the body. There are 12 main meridians, six of which are yin and six are yang and numerous minor ones, which form a network of energy channels throughout the body.

In acupuncture, each meridian is related to, and named after, an organ or function, the main ones are: the lung, kidney, gallbladder, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, large intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, san jiao (three heater or triple burner) and pericardium (heart protector/ or circulation sex meridian).

There are also 8 extraordinary channels in acupuncture that are considered to be reservoirs supplying qi and blood to the twelve regular channels. These are believed to have a strong connection to the kidney. The meridians are shown in the figure to the right.

When Chi flows freely through the meridians, the body is balanced and healthy, but if the energy becomes blocked, stagnated or weakened, it can result in physical, mental or emotional ill health. An imbalance in a person’s body can result from inappropriate emotional responses such as: excess anger, over-excitement, self-pity, deep grief and fear. Environmental factors such as cold, damp/humidity, wind, dryness, and heat can also cause imbalance so as factors such as wrong diet, too much sex, overwork and too much exercise.

To restore the balance, the acupuncturist stimulates the acupuncture points that will counteract that imbalance. So, if you have stagnant QI, she/he will choose specific points to stimulate it. If the QI is too cold, he will choose points to warm it. If it is too weak, he will strengthen it. If it is blocked, she will unblock it, and so on. In this way, acupuncture can effectively rebalance the energy system and restore health or prevent the development of disease. The points that the practitioner chooses to stimulate may not necessarily be at the site of the symptoms.

I used to be needle-phobic. My experience with Sandra’s kind and sensitive approach to my fear has transformed that — now, just the thought of being on her table gives me a profoundly relaxed feeling. I look to acupuncture to help maintain my well-being and robust health in addition to addressing the periodic problems that arise from all the years I’ve been on this planet. I can’t say enough about how well cared for I feel in Sandra’s hands.
— EBB (Norwich, CT)
I have been receiving acupuncture treatments from Sandra for the past 10 years for various reasons. During this time, acupuncture has helped me with pregnancy related issues, improved my monthly cycles, helped with fatigue and joint pain due to Lyme disease, and has eased anxiety and general muscular/skeletal issues. From the moment you meet Sandra you will feel comfortable in her warm presence and comfortable office. Her treatments are intuitive and gentle. I always leave my sessions feeling bright eyed and with an increased sense of wellbeing. Thank you, Sandra!
— AT (Salem, CT)
For years I suffered from neuropathy then finally complained to my gynecologist. ‘Don’t give up; see what the Mayo Clinic advises,’ she counseled. At the top of the Mayo Clinic’s recommendations, I found ‘Acupuncture.’

So last summer I had one exploratory session with Sandra Walia Guillow then signed on for a block of ten.

Little by little the sessions began to release the hypersensitivity of my shins and reestablish normal sensitivity in my feet and finally in my big toes. (I’ve pretty much given up on my little toes.)

As important as the healing I’ve noted was that Sandra identified the source of my problem: displaced and/or damaged disk or disks blocked nerve function at the base of my spine.

Months later an MRI confirmed Sandra’s diagnosis and the MRI led me to the care of a spine surgeon and a physical therapist.

When I have completed the therapy I am presently undergoing I hope to return to treatment with acupuncture, as during the months of my treatment last summer I felt healthy and strong and very positive in my outlook. I am greatly indebted to Sandra for her gift of healing, her expertise, and loving care.
— CW (Lyme, CT)