Acupuncturists use small diameter, sterile disposable needles that are very fine and flexible. The needles are gently inserted into specific points on the body to affect the vital energy passing through it. This helps to improve the body’s functions and promote the natural self-healing process.
After the insertion of an acupuncture needle, a patient may experience nothing, pressure on the skin, or a dull throbbing ache. Once all of the needles are in, patients usually begin to feel more relaxed and quite often forget that the needles are even there. Heat or electrical current may be applied to enhance the effect.
Traditional Chinese medicine theorizes that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connected with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways, called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe these meridians conduct energy, or qi, between the surface of the body and internal organs.
Qi regulates spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance. Qi is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. According to traditional Chinese medicine when yin and yang are balanced they work together with the natural flow of qi to help the body achieve and maintain health. Acupuncture is believed to balance yin and yang, keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and restore health to the body and mind.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
Acupuncture commonly has a positive effect on a wide range of ailments, including:
- Pain relief
- Allergies & Asthma
- Infertility & PMS
- Increased Healing
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Loss
- Depression & Anxiety