Conditions Treated

Empirical Point’s specialty is chronic pain management. Founder Sharon Sherman uses her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, musculoskeletal dysfunction and trigger point theory when treating acute and chronic pain conditions. This, along with sensitive palpatory skills and a thorough understanding of Chinese Medical theory and Chinese Herbal Medicine, allows for a complete evaluation ultimately leading to pain relief. Headaches (even migraines), back pain, rotator cuff injuries, neck pain, shoulder pain, TMJ, knee pain and groin injuries respond well to Sharon’s multi-faceted approach of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Sharon’s scope of practice extends well beyond pain relief to a wide range of ailments. The National Institutes for Health and the World Health Organization recognize the validity of Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture) and endorse a formidable list of conditions effectively treated by its holistic approach.

Empirical Point Acupuncture provides supportive therapy and restoration of balance for the following conditions:

  • Allergies (especially those localized / prevalent in the Philadelphia area)
  • Constipation and diarrhea, indigestion, gastritis, IBS
  • Stress incontinence and urinary tract infections
  • Irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), symptoms of menopause and sexual dysfunction
  • Nausea, pain and other side effects of cancer therapies
  • Arthritis, neuralgia, nerve disorders
  • Hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, poor circulation and anemia
  • Emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
  • Eye, ear, nose and throat issues, cold and flu
  • Eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Depression, anxiety, insomnia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • General tune-up, immune support


“A recent NCCAM-funded study, employing individual patient data meta-analyses and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, provides the most rigorous evidence to date that acupuncture may be helpful for chronic pain… The authors noted that these findings suggest that the total effects of acupuncture, as experienced by patients in clinical practice, are clinically relevant. They also noted that their study provides the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is more than just placebo and a reasonable referral option for patients with chronic pain.”

~ NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, September 2012

Traditional medicine can treat various infectious and chronic conditions: new antimalarial drugs were developed from the discovery and isolation of artemisinin from Artemisia annua L., a plant used in China for almost 2000 years.

~ World Health Organization, 2008

If you experience chronic pain and live in the Philadelphia area, schedule an appointment with Empirical Point Acupuncture and experience how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can relieve your pain.

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