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The treatment of disease, pain, and stress by the insertion of fine needles at specific points in the body. Treats various conditions. 


Warming of the skin to strengthen the blood, stimulate blood circulation and strengthen organ and meridian function.


The aim of Sotai is to help the body restore and maintain its natural balance through muscular or movement therapy. 


A simple yet very effective way to eliminate allergic reactions to food, environmental, and some man made allergens.


Japanese pediatric Acupuncture is a gentle and effective method for the treatment of children.


Acupuncture, in a single sentence, is the treatment of disease by the insertion of fine needles at specific points in the body. Acupuncture theory states that we have a communication system which runs up and down the body, like the nervous system, and that we can affect the circulation of vital energy, blood and nerve impulses in the body by stimulating specific known points in that system.

​In my practice I emphasize Japanese styles of Acupuncture. The hallmarks of this practice are the precise location of Acupuncture points through palpation, the use of very fine needles, the use of gentle and precise needling techniques, the development of shallow needle insertion depths, the use of the left hand or “Oshide” to feel the patients response to the needle and the use of abdominal palpation as a diagnostic tool. In most cases the patient does not feel the needle. This gentle technique is also suitable for children and infants, in most cases I use non-insertion needles or NAET to treat children.

​Acupuncture treatment is a pleasantly relaxing experience. Patients are usually lying down on a table during treatment. Occasionally they are sitting for treatments of the shoulders, hands or knee.

​There are different layers to treatment, depending on the complaint. An Acupuncture treatment may involve 3 treatment stages. A root or general balancing treatment based on the pulse or abdomen, a second stage to support the root treatment, and the symptom treatment to address the current complaint.

What can I expect?

I will first take a detailed history of your condition followed by an examination that can include physical palpation, observation of your tongue, examination of your pulse, and other diagnostic methods. I use several respected styles of Acupuncture that may differ in their diagnosis and treatment techniques but the overall goal remains the same: to restore good health, reduce pain, and impart a sense of well being.

An Acupuncture treatment is, for most people, a pleasantly relaxing experience. The Acupuncture needle is uniquely designed with a sharp but rounded tip. It does not cut the skin like a hypodermic needle but rather seperates the fibers of the tissue as it is inserted. I may gently manipulate the needle to obtain a sensation of heaviness, fullness, tingling or a mild ache. For certain conditions, the needle may be attached to a very mild, comfortable electrical current that supplies continuous stimulation. Most times the needles are simply placed without further stimulation.

After insertion of the needles, which may range from only a few to a dozen or more, the person simply rests in a comfortable position either lying down or sitting in a chair. The length of a treatment may be anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes depending on the condition. During this time several physiological systems respond to the presence of the needles. The blood vessels relax, the nervous system becomes stabilized, and the channels of qi flow open up – all of this contributes to bringing the body and mind back to a state of optimum function. There is a sense of the body deeply relaxing and the mind becoming clear and calm.

I will suggest a treatment plan to specifically address your unique situation. Acute problems such as recent injuries may only recquire a few treatments. For chronic, multi layered problems the plan may require a series of treatments over several months or longer. Many people choose to see their licensed Acupuncturist monthly or seasonally in order to maintain their active lifestyle with less stress and more comfort.

What can acupuncture treat?

The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have concluded that Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions and disorders. These organizations assessed the scientific literature from controlled clinical trials and found strong evidence to support Acupuncture’s use for the following:

Relief of the following:

Abdominal Pain
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Face and jaw pain
High blood pressure
Induction of labor
Knee pain
Low blood pressure
Lower back
Malposition of fetus
Menstrual pain
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Dental anesthesia
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sprain/strain syndrome
Tennis elbow

There is also good evidence to support the therapeutic effect of Acupuncture in the following conditions and diseases:

Relief of the following:

Alcohol detoxification
Bell’s palsy
Cancer pain
Anxiety/panic disorder
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Mental/emotional stress
Head injury
Insufficient lactation
Kidney/Bladder stones
Labor pain
Male sexual dysfunction
Meniere disease
Myofacial pain
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Postoperative convalescence
Post-shingles pain
Premenstrual pain
​Diabetes mellitus
Eye pain
Facial spasm
Gallbladder inflammation/stones
​Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster
Prostate inflammation
Radicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Referred pain to arms and legs
Retention of urine
Sore throat
Spine pain
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Trigeminal neuralgia
Ulcerative colitis
Whiplash/neck pain
Whooping cough (pertussis)


Moxa is an East Asian medical technique that warms the skin to strengthen the blood, stimulate blood circulation and strengthen organ and meridian function.  I primarily do a Japanese style of Moxibustion called “Okyu”.  In Okyu practice, Moxa wool made from Artemisia Vulgaris is rolled into rice grain size pieces, placed directly on the skin and lit with an incense stick.  The Moxa is snuffed out with a bamboo tube or the fingers before it burns the skin.  In most cases the patient feels nothing, or feels a pinch of heat.

Okyu Moxibustion can be added to an Acpuncture treatment, combining Moxa and needles.  It can be applied by itself on single Acupuncture points or multiple points can be heated to give a whole body treatment.  The whole body treatment I use is from the Sewada School of Moxibustion and is useful in the treatment of chronic illnesses.  It is also a wonderful support for people going through Chemotherapy and radiation, as it strengthens the blood (white blood cell count), supports digestion and can help reduce nausea.

Moxibustion is commonly used as a home therapy to support treatment done in the office.  This form of Moxibustion is done with pre-rolled moxa sticks that are attached to a cardboard base and is nondirect, and easily applied by the patient.

What can Moxa treat?

Relief of the following:

Digestive weakness
Adrenal weakness
Low back pain & weakness
Bone bruises that have not healed or continue to be painful
Bone fractures
Chronic tendonitis
Immune system support


Sotai or Sotai-ho is a Japanese form of muscular or movement therapy invented by Keizo Hashimoto (1897 – 1993), a Japanese medical doctor.  It is a recent addition to the practices of East Asian Medicine.  The term So-tai is actually the opposite of the Japanese word for exercise: Tai-so.  Dr. Hashimoto conceived Sotai as an antidote to the forceful and regimented exercises of Japan that anyone could practice easily to restore balance and health.

Sotai is different from regular exercise because it distinguishes between balanced movements that are natural and beneficial and those that are unnatural and cause strains and physical distortions.  The aim of Sotai is to help the body restore and maintain its natural balance.  Sotai works with the basic structure of the human body and its natural capacity to move and maintain balance.  Sotai Therapy is a systematic method for introducing easeful movements from the extremities to the spine to facilitate a functional balance.

Dr. Hashimoto developed a model of treatment based on restoring structural balance that works with the breath and movements toward comfort (or away from pain).  He developed Sotai Therapy from traditional East Asian medicine (acupuncture, moxibustion, shiatus, …..) in concert with his knowledge of modern medicine.

Sotai Therapy is intended to be a method of neuromuscular reeducation and unwinding muscular holding patterns.  Its central principle is “reverse-motion” treatment.  The idea is that structural distortions can be returned to a more normal condition by moving the body in the comfortable direction.  Sotai in the clinic is the practice of specific movements in the direction of least-resistance.  The practicioner applies a gentle counter force while the patient uses an isometric contraction, followed by a sudden relaxation to normalize the strained area.


    Return of motion, relief of strain and physical distortion. Helps the body restore and maintain its natural balance. 


    Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is a simple yet very effective way to eliminate allergic reactions to food, environmental and some man made allergens.  The developer Devi Nambudripad is a creative thinker who drew on the techniques of several different disciplines to develop NAET.

    NAET uses neuromuscular sensitivity testing (muscle testing) to determine weakness to a sample (Allergen), and then uses Acupressure and or Acupuncture in combination to reduce the patient’s sensitivity to the sample.

    At a first office call for NAET, I do a history, a Japanese Acupuncture exam taking the pulses and assessing the abdomen, then move on to muscle testing to determine allergens.  When you leave after the first treatment you will know what you have allergic reactions to and have a treatment plan.  Allergens are treated individually unless they are in common groupings.  For instance, all grasses can be treated together.

    I started studying NAET in 2001 because my daughter had Colitis as an infant of 4 months.  Many modalities were useful to her but NAET is the technique that allowed her to broaden her diet, and eliminate stomach pain and diarrhea.

    NAET is wonderful in the treatment of infants for colic, weak digestion, rashes and for children who are not thriving.  I use NAET for patients of all ages.  Frequently I combine NAET with Acupuncture to create a very effective balancing treatment that can enhance glandular, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive health.

      With NAET I primarily treat: 

      • Food allergen reactions
      • Digestive complaints
      • Rashes
      • Chronic sinusitis
      • Seasonal hay fever
      • Headaches


      Shonishin, or Japanese pediatric Acupuncture is a gentle and effective method for the treatment of children. Initially developed over 300 years ago, Shonishin recognizes the special sensitivities of babies and children, using surface stimulation tools for tapping, stroking and pressing the skin.  The basic Shonishin root treatment helps restore and stimulate the babies natural healing mechanism.  Shonishin can be practiced on children days old (my youngest patient so far was 10 days old) to 18 years of age. Common conditions that I have treated with Shonishin include, digestive disorders/Colic, respiratory problems, and rashes.

      With Shonishin I primarily treat:

      • Digestive disorders
      • Colic
      • Respiratory problems
      • Rashes.

      Kalispell Family Acupuncture Inc.

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      Steve Martinez Acupuncture
      40 2nd Street East, Suite 228
      Kalispell, MT 59901