Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Rutland Integrative Health's Dalite Sancic, LAC, MS and Beth Bloomfield, LAC., MS practice multiple modalities within traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.  Through ancient traditions and current wisdom, the goal is preventing illness and maintaining well-being and balance. Pain, infertility, fibromyalgia, as well as other chronic illnesses, impact millions of Americans every year. Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and herbology offer safe treatments with very effective results. Acupuncture is a comprehensive healthcare system, which has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for more than 2,000 years. Chinese Medicine's ability to treat the individual, and not simply the disease, provides relief from some of today's most stubborn conditions. 

What to know about acupuncture: Acupuncture has several physiological effects on the body.

  • Increases circulation: oxygenation of the tissues and organs improves. Decreased blood

flow is caused by trauma, aging, injuries and certain diseases processes.

  • Promotes homeostasis: triggers the body’s own ability to create and maintain internal


  • Releases natural painkillers and hormones: acupuncture stimulates peripheral nerves that

send messages to the brain to release endorphins (morphine-like compounds); these endorphins block pain pathways in the brain.

  • Reduces inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation can prevent healing. This is due

to a thickening of connective tissue which makes it difficult and sometimes impossible for blood and oxygen to regenerate.

  • Modulates the stress response: this is done by releasing oxytocin which in turn stimulates the

parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and digest” portion of our autonomic response.

This allows the body to incorporate all of the effects stated previously.


The above processes also translate into benefits for other systems of the body including the

nervous, endocrine and digestive.

The most recent studies are show statistically significant benefit of real acupuncture versus placebo acupuncture. Qi is more literally translated as “air” or “essential air”—meaning the oxygen that our lungs take in. The meridians, as pathways for qi, describe the circulation of oxygen, nutrients, and chemicals. Acupuncture points are the location of neurovascular concentration. Recent studies show that acupuncture is a viable option for pain relief. This includes conditions such as headaches, migraines, back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, menstrual pain, and other health conditions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organizations (WHO) endorse acupuncture for the effective treatment of over 25 conditions that include musculoskeletal, digestive, neurological, physiological and gynecological systems. In February of 2017, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) changed the guidelines for treating acute, subacute and chronic low back pain from narcotics and testing to acupuncture, heat, massage and spinal manipulation.