Acupuncture Photography Project A collaboration of acupuncturist Emily Andrews and photographer Autumn Stankay

This collaboration of acupuncturist Emily Andrews and photographer Autumn Stankay melds modern art with healing art through a series of photographic prints representing the ancient medicine of acupuncture in the modern world. Header Image: YinTang, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Above: Crystal Visions, canvas, 24x 36 in.
Acupuncture is a Chinese system of medicine that dates back thousands of years and can be a safe, effective treatment for many different health conditions. The core of Acupuncture theory is the idea that there is a vital substance called Qi (pronounced chee) that flows throughout your body. It is considered the building block of life. When there is a disruption or blockage to the flow of Qi, pain and illness occurs. When the Qi is free flowing, there is health and wellness. Top Left: Centenarian, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Bottom Left: Solomon YinTang, canvas, 20 x 16 in. Bottom Middle: Release Tension, canvas, 20 x 16 in. Right: Heart Spirit, canvas, 20 x 16 in.
There are two main goals of acupuncture. One goal is to eliminate disease and pain by balancing the body, so it may heal itself. The second goal is to maintain optimum health by keeping the body balanced and boosting immunity. Left: Breathe, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Right: Calm the Shen, canvas, 36 x 24 in.
One of the most well-known modalities is the insertion of fine, filiform needles into specific acupuncture points on the body, but there are actually multiple modalities of Acupuncture. Above: Strengthen the Mother, canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Using suction and glass cups, cupping is a type of cutaneous stimulation, similar to massage, and can help with muscle tension, stress, hypertension, inflammation, and many other health issues. Top Left: Color Kono Cupping, canvas, 16 x 20 in. Top Middle: Du Mai Sha, canvas, 16 x 20 in. Top Right: Love Cupping Sha, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Bottom Left: Cupping, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Bottom Right: Stillness, canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Moxibustion, a gentle heat therapy, uses an herb called mugwort to stimulate points and areas of the body. There are many types of moxibustion, such an indirect, direct, warming needle, and stick-on. Moxibustion can help to regulate digestion, boost the immune system, alleviate pain, increase circulation, and calm the mind. Top Left: Heart Fire Cupping, canvas, 20 x 16 in. Top Right: Warming Needle, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Bottom Left: Lift, canvas, 24 x 36 in. Bottom Right: Raising the Yang, canvas, 20 x 16 in.

Emily Andrews has been practicing acupuncture for over a decade. She has lived in Greensburg, PA for nearly nine years and co-founded the integrative clinic True Health and Fitness. She has worked with thousands of patients over that time and feels lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community. She is passionate about educating the public about acupuncture and has always appreciated the art of photography.

Autumn Stankay is a portrait, wedding, and commercial photographer from Westmoreland County and founder of Skysight Photography. In her work, Autumn uses a dynamic blend of creative composition and innovative set design for each subject that she has the pleasure of shooting, using the art of photography to highlight an individual's unique personality and true self.

All Acupuncture information is from True Health and Fit's webpage, What is Acupuncture!