Acupunture needles being inserted

National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by UVM Health Network - CVMC

It is estimated that as many as 43% of Americans have used or are currently using some form of complementary or alternative therapy such as acupuncture. If you have never tried acupuncture or other forms of oriental medicine, this Thursday, National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, is a great time to give it a try. 

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is part of an effort to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM). In order to help introduce more people to AOM, this Thursday Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Montpelier will be hosting its annual celebration of AOM Day by giving participants the opportunity to experience acupuncture, massage, tai chi and herbalism for free.

Integrative Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been providing acupuncture to the central Vermont community for the past six years. They work in collaboration with physicians of University of Vermont Health Network Central Vermont Medical Center to provide complementary medical care for pain, stress, headaches, allergies and much more.

The following is a quick primer on the types of AOM that you can try out on Thursday:


Acupuncture is originally from China and has been used for thousands of years for many different conditions. Acupuncture works to restore health to the body naturally by increasing the flow of blood, relaxing muscles, and increasing white blood cell production.  Immunity is increased, relaxation is encouraged and pain reduced with acupuncture. 


Massage therapy has also been used for thousands of years for pain reduction and relaxation. We will be offering chair massage at our Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day event for tight shoulders and backs. Try massage with one of our many talented and experienced massage therapists from Montpelier and central Vermont.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a slow moving exercise practiced by people of all ages. It works with the small muscles in the body and helps to restore tone and strength. Our Montpelier partner Sarah Norton will be on site at Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day to demonstrate and provide information about this ancient exercise.

Tongue and Pulse

Chinese medical providers use the ancient diagnostic tools of looking at the tongues and feeling pulses to make a diagnosis. By looking at the shape, color, coating and size of the tongue, the acupuncturist can make an accurate evaluation of the health. The pulse is more than the rate of the pulse, but the quality of 18 different pulses felt at the radial artery. Using this ancient diagnostic skill, acupuncturists can evaluate all sorts of health conditions. 

Medicinal Herbs 

Herbal medicine has been a part of medicine for thousands of years. Many well-known and effective medicines derive from plants, roots and barks originally. Herbs are safe when recommended by trained and licensed professionals, who work with your physicians and assure no contraindications with medications.

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