Shelby Connelly is a NCCAOM, New York State, NADA, and International Oncology certified acupuncturist. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from The Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, she has been in private practice in the North Country since 1998. A specialist in addiction treatment and cancer care, with 18 years at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center and 8 years at Canton Potsdam Hospital, Shelby also owns Five Elements Living in Colton, NY. There, she treats patients, organizes and teaches health education/yoga workshops, hosts the online show En Route to the Alternative, creates Apothecary Chocolate, and writes for NNY Living magazine.
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.