Traditional Chinese Medicine for Healing in Wisconsin

Video 1: Michael Culotti, acupuncturist at Aurora West Allis Medical Center, explains what acupuncture is and how it is used to help heal the body and restore balance.
Video 2: Michael Culotti describes the role acupuncture has played in modern day medicine and its trend for the future.
Video 3: Michael Culotti shares how acupuncture can dramatically improve both men and women's fertility and also improve success rates of procedures like In Vitro Fertilization.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of natural healing that does not use drugs or surgery to treat the body. During acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body. This helps restore a balanced flow of energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") to various organs, glands and body tissues.

Today, acupuncture is commonly used in health care. At Aurora Health Care, all our acupuncturists are certified by the state of Wisconsin and follow the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) guidelines.

Acupuncture locations and appointments

How Acupuncture Works

During acupuncture, fine hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body. They are inserted to very shallow levels into acupuncture points that connect with pathways called "meridians." The meridians conduct energy (Qi) between the surface of the body and the internal organs and help restore a balanced flow of energy.

Qi helps the body maintain health and balance, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual elements. If Qi is blocked, the flow of blood is stagnated, resulting in pain and illness. Acupuncture helps restore the proper flow of Qi, which can reduce pain and discomfort.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

Your acupuncturist will review your health history and work with you to set a plan for improving your health and well-being. The acupuncturist will conduct a personal interview with you and assess your health based on a model of traditional Chinese medicine. This includes an examination of your tongue (color and coating) and your pulse. The acupuncturist will then determine which acupuncture points need to be used to balance your Qi and restore your health.

The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and the sensation with placement is minimal. All needles are disposed of after one use. Heat and "moxa" or electrical stimulation may also be used with acupuncture needles to enhance the therapeutic effect. Does Acupuncture Hurt?

While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal (small?) amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. The needles are hair-thin and not designed to cut. Some people report feeling a sensation of excitement while others feel relaxed.

How Many Sessions Should I Expect?

A course of treatment typically includes 10 sessions, although significant improvement can occur after only a couple visits. Your acupuncturist will discuss the treatment plan with you, based on your individual needs. Your first visit may take 90 minutes, with subsequent visits lasting about 30-60 minutes.

Conditions Treated by Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help with a range of health issues and symptoms. Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include:

  • Diseases of the muscles, bones and joints - Sprains, Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Nerve and chronic neck and pain.
  • Diseases of the nervous system - Strokes, Numbness, Anxiety, Depression, Other Nervous Disorders, Nerve Paralysis, Headaches/Migraines, Shingles Pain
  • Digestive disorders - Indigestion, Stomach Ulcers, Gallstones, Diarrhea, Constipation, Nausea/Vomiting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diseases of the respiratory system - Asthma/Allergies, Bronchitis, Sinusitis
  • Diseases of the heart and blood vessels - Angina, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Smoking
  • Drug Addiction
  • Obstetrics and gynecology - Fetal Malposition, Menopause Symptoms (Hot Flashes), PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea, Uterine Bleeding, Infertility
  • Anesthesia for labor and delivery - Acupuncture Anesthesia

Learn more about our program on acupuncture for people living with cancer.

Who Can Benefit from Acupuncture

Acupuncture is appropriate for all ages. Acupuncture treatment can have a positive effect on your overall health, and has been shown to increase immune function.

If you would like to explore acupuncture as a treatment option, and are currently receiving care, talk to your physician. With your consent, our acupuncturist will work with your provider to develop a plan for your optimal health.

Insurance Coverage

Some health insurance policies cover the expense for acupuncture treatment. It is recommended that you check with your insurance company to determine policy coverage before beginning treatment.


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Door County
Aurora Health Center
1910 Alabama St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 746-7200
David G Conger, MD
Aurora Advanced Healthcare
3003 West Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 352-3100
Theodore King II, PhD, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Aurora Wiselives Center
8320 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 125 A
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
(414) 302-3800
Carolyn Boatman, RN, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
John Burns DPT, MSOM, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 North 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Physical Medicine & Rehab – (4th Floor, Easy Street)
(414) 219-5241
Kimberly Stephens, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Individual and Community Acupuncture
Aurora Women's Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 978-3000
Michael Culotti, MSW, MPA, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Ozaukee Racine
Aurora Advanced Healthcare
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 387-8200
Theodore King II, PhD, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Aurora Health Center
8400 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 321-3000
Scott M. Dresden, MD
Aurora Advanced Healthcare
N84 W16889 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
(262) 251-7500
Theodore King II, PhD, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Aurora Health Center
16985 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 641-8400
Miles Inhofer, Dipl–Ac
Wisconsin Certified Acupuncturist
Aurora Health Care
1136 Westowne Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 720-8200
Brian L Goldshlack, MD