What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers.

Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Dental pain
  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
  • Labor pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis

Dr. Williams’ Acupuncture Background

 Dr. Williams began his acupuncture studies in 1976 in the Chinatowns of San Francisco and San Diego. He started within the Asian communities as part of his ethnographic research about different cultural approaches to healing. Consequently, he became fascinated with the ancient philosophy that guided Chinese medicine.

In 1978, he studied Japanese acupuncture for two years under Dr. Nobuyoshi Asano. Between 1980-82, he studied Chinese acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and Wu style tai chi with Dr. York Why Loo.

And in 1983, he was in the first graduating class of the San Diego Acupuncture College. In 1985, he received his Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) from Sino-American Medical Research University in Los Angeles. In 1986, he completed hospital rotations at the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He also holds National Board Certification in Chinese herbal medicine.

Dr. Williams was among the first to teach acupuncture injection therapy and Biopuncture to acupuncture physicians and medical doctors. He shares his knowledge with patients and students from all over the world. He has taught over the span of his professional career, including at:

  • San Diego Acupuncture College
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • East West College of Natural Medicine
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • NOVA Southeastern University
  • Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine

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