Acupuncture is a form of physical medicine that originated in China over 5000 years ago. It uses fine gauge, sterile needles inserted into specific areas to manipulate and enhance the flow of energy, qi, and blood throughout the body. By alternating these patterns, our various body systems function better. We sleep better, we enhance our immune response, we recover sooner from disease and trauma. Heredity, lifestyle choices, illness, and environmental toxins can all contribute to an imbalance of energy, qi, and blood. Acupuncture works to correct these imbalances, bringing the body back to it’s natural, healthy state. Once achieved, symptoms will subside and good health will be regained.
How does acupuncture work?
During acupuncture treatments, very fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body. Most people find acupuncture painless and relaxing. The needles stay in body for a short time, usually 20 to 40 minutes. During treatment a patient may feel tingling or electrical impulses throughout the body. However, the overall feeling during treatment is one of relaxation, which may carry over throughout the day.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a gentle, safe treatment option for many conditions. People in the modern society think of acupuncture when it comes to treating pain or addressing smoking cessation, which it certainly does, but that’s just a small component of what Traditional Chinese Medicine is capable of doing. Acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, and nutrition can be used to treat whole range of internal and external medical conditions.