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My name is Shelby Connelly and I am a NCCAOM certified acupuncturist. I received my Masters in acupuncture at The Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland and have been practicing here in the North Country since 1998. My private  practice is here at Five Elements Living.


An acupuncture treatment is the insertion of extremely thin stainless steel needles into precise points on the body. The combination of points are prescribed based on the pattern of imbalance determined by the practitioner.


History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China about 3,500 years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s population. Although its use spread throughout Asia, little was known about it in the West until President Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1971 when accounts of the use of acupuncture for pain control appeared in the New York Times.



Since then there has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of Chinese Medicine in Western countries. There are several reasons for this rapid rise in popularity. Efficacy, word of mouth and copious clinical research supports the use of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.


In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat nearly four dozen common ailments. Conditions successfully treated with acupuncture include:


Physical Pain

Back / Lumbar / Sciatica / Neck / Shoulder / Knee / Carpal Tunnel / Tennis Elbow / Muscle Aches / Sprains / Strains / Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis / Fibromyalgia


Emotional – Psychological

Stress / Anxiety / Depression

Stop Smoking & Detox with NADA protocol


Digestion Disorders

Bloating / Heartburn / Acid Reflux

Nausea / Constipation / IBS / Weight Loss


Women’s Health

Infertility / Menopause / PMS / Menstrual Problems

UTI / Endometriosis / PCOS / Fibroids


Head – Eyes – Ears – Nose – Throat

Common Cold and Flu / Allergies / Sinus Problems / Headache

Migraine / Tinnitus / TMJ / Bell’s Palsy / Facial Pain / Vision Problems



Fatigue / Insomnia

Hypertension / Restlessness


Acupuncture for Cancer Care

Acupuncture is used to treat many illnesses and ailments and in cancer patients. Patients use it to control pain and to relieve nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems.


Acupuncture works by causing physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain, affecting blood pressure and body temperature. Laboratory and animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture also helps the immune system be stronger during chemotherapy.

The strongest evidence of the effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on the use of acupuncture to relieve nausea and vomiting, but acupuncture appears to be more effective in preventing vomiting than in reducing nausea.

It is important that acupuncture treatment be given by a qualified practitioner such as myself who uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient.


Currently treating cancer patients at the following facilities :

Richard E. Winter Cancer Center


(315) 393 - 2314

Canton-Potsdam Hospital


(315) 261-5890






PHONE | 315.262.2622