Who We Are
We are Maine State Licensed acupuncturists who donate our time to give back to our service men and women and their families. Donations towards supplies are accepted.
Marie Arnberg, LAc. Has been practicing acupuncture since 1998. She received her degree from the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, MA. Marie operates DownEast Community Acupuncture on Verona Island.
Ashleigh Hart, LAc. Has been practicing acupuncture since 2009. She received her degree from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. Ashleigh is in private practice at Ashleigh Hart Acupuncture in Bangor.
Tom Jamieson, LAc. Has been practicing acupuncture since 1998. He received his degree from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Miami, FL. He is in private practice and has offices in Belfast and Bangor.
Susan Murch, LAc. has been practicing acupuncture since 2012. She received her degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbs from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Susan is in private practice at Jade Branch Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Bangor.
Renée Thibault, LAc. Has been practicing acupuncture since 2008. She earned her Masters Degree in acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute in Columbia, Maryland. Renée has practiced shiatsu since 1999, she studied at the Ohashi Institute in New York City. Renée is in private practice in Brewer. Her Website is Movement Heals You
A Little History
Dating back some 3,000 years, acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine. Acupuncture works by manipulating and balancing energy (Qi) that flows through pathways called meridians. This is done by gently inserting hair-fine, sterile and disposable needles into specific points in the body. According to a World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture can be used effectively for a variety of ailments.
The flow of Qi in the body can be disrupted by a host of factors including illness, traumatic injury, lifestyle or stressful events. This disruption of Qi can manifest as disease, physically (pain) and/or emotionally (depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, etc.). If this sounds unfamiliar and strange, don’t worry. You don't have to understand or believe in the existence of Qi or meridians for acupuncture to work.Acupuncture is simple, gentle and safe. It is a process and works cumulatively. The more frequently you come for a treatment, the better the results and the longer lasting the effects. Acupuncture is not habit-forming and can be used in conjunction with any other form of treatment or medication.