Nine participants enjoyed learning about acupuncture on Jan. 28 at the Coy Public Library of Shippensburg. The presenter was Michael Stilp, national board certified acupuncturist who is also certified in the energy therapies of craniosacral and reiki. He practices at New Day Yoga, 300 W. King St. in Shippensburg, and 504 N. Front St. in Wormleysburg. He holds a BS in Professional Health Studies and an MS in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He also has 20 years experience as a massage therapist.
Stilp explained to his audience that chi or energy flows through the body along meridians. If the meridians are free flowing, there is no pain. Whereas if the meridians are blocked, pain is present. He always is checking his patients for levels of chi as a background for their pain. Blockage can be caused by too cold or hot temperatures, trauma, and too much dampness in the body. Stilp uses tiny needles inserted in very specific areas to bring in energy and to release energy and thus, begin the process of relieving acute and chronic pain. He especially noted that many patients are treated for lower back pain successfully. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions, such as headaches, digestives problems such as bloating or nausea, constipation, heartburn, sleep apnea, sleep walking, exhaustion, Lyme syndrome, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, smoking cessation, drug addiction, Bell’s Palsy and treatments for beauty and longevity.