Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested treatment, therapeutic method and healing practice that dates back at least 2,500 years in China. It is used extensively in modern health care today.
Evidence-based research and clinical studies vouch for its efficacy in treating a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture has recently received significant recognition by Western medical practice.
Acupuncture is based on the philosophy underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which states that when our bodies' vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chi”), flows through our body meridians in a smooth and balanced way, we enjoy optimal health and wellness.
However, any interruption, blockage or imbalance of our vital energy can lead to a variety of symptoms, illnesses, and poor health. To restore the flow of vital energy (Qi), fine, disposable needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. This procedure initiates a series of positive changes in both brain and body as the body's energy flow is balanced and released from blockage.
On a physiological level, acupuncture stimulates the body's nervous system to release 'feel good' substances such as endorphins, which alleviate pain, and serotonin, a mood-lifting neurotransmitter, as well stimulating the production of other beneficial brain chemicals.
These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, creating general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems.
Activating all these positive changes through acupuncture invigorates the body's own natural healing processes, promoting overall good health and emotional well-being.
Most people describe an acupuncture session as a very pleasant and relaxing experience.
According to traditional Chinese Medicine each human organ is associated with specific points in the skin---invisible lines called meridians or channels link the points. The body’s natural energy or Qi (Chi) flows through these channels. When disease or dysfunction occurs, acupuncturists know which points to manipulate to restore the natural flow of energy and to restore balance to the body’s systems.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of several very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort because the needles are very thin and fine as hair. It is noted for extensive application, significant curative effects and no side effects. The number of treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated and the patient’s constitution. Some patients may experience immediate relief following treatment, while others need more treatments.
Acute: 6-12 treatments
Sub acute: 12-24 treatments
Chronic: 24 and up treatments
Wellness: one or twice a month
Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when other medical treatments are failed.