Dec 18, 2016

About Acupuncture:

Acupuncture works to reestablish optimal function of all systems in the body. Acupuncture has been clinically proven safe and effective for a wide variety of conditions from muscle, joint, spine, and nerve pain to anxiety and depression. Patients frequently find relief from sinus infections, asthma, TMJ, bronchitis, heart palpitations, carpal tunnel, and PMS. Traditional Chinese medicine is the oldest continuously practiced system of healing. Founded in China, it is practiced throughout the world today. It is used to diagnose, treat illness, prevent disease, and improve overall well-being.

Acupuncture is the insertion of sterilized, disposable needles into the body at points which have been proven to affect the treatment of disorders. Central to the practice of Acupuncture is the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”) – the basic life force or energy.

Qi flows through the body in pathways called meridians, vitalizing tissues and maintaining the body’s complex systems of defense and regeneration. Good health is dependent upon the balanced and unimpeded flow of Qi. There are 361 main points located along 14 major meridians that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi. When needles are inserted into these acupoints, they help to correct and rebalance the flow of Qi, relieve pain, and restore health.


According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving qi flow, in order to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis; it is excellent for treating neck and back pain.




S. Erin Baldt, DAc, received her training from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM and is board certified by the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Baldt is a past President and Vice President of the Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Baldt’s internships have included: oncology, women’s health, and spinal pain. In 2002, after working for 2 years in a pain management clinic in Pawtucket, she opened Acupuncture & Wellness Ctr. of RI, Inc. (AWCRI).

She has a professional affiliation with the New England Anesthesiology Pain Management Center and is a member of the American Society of Acupuncturists.  Dr. Baldt is also a member of the American Academy of Pain Management. She also has staff privileges at Roger Williams Medical Center as well as Fatima Hospital.

In February 2012, she joined the staff at the Miriam Hospital in the Oncology/Hematology Department’s infusion center. Patients received acupuncture to relieve pain, anxiety, nausea, depression or any other symptom that he/she needed help overcoming. Now Dr. Baldt enjoys helping oncology patients at her own practice.

When Erin is not at AWCRI, she enjoys walks with the dogs on the beach near her home. Originally from Delaware, Erin has a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and received her Acupuncture training in sunny Santa Fe, NM, and enjoyed living there very much before returning east. Her pastimes include: photography, volunteering for Amos House, horticulture, hiking, reading, collecting textiles, shooting sporting clays and learning new things.Erin is an an avid aquarist, and a member of the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island and the Yankee Weimeraner Club.


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