What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It dates back over 3000 years and it remains as simple today as it was then. TCM recognizes everything that affects us in our daily lives; food, work, weather, emotions, etc. influences our well-being.
Acupuncture is an elaborate map of the body. A system of meridians that act like conduits carrying the Qi and Blood throughout the body to nourish it. Qi is our vital energy force. It flows smoothly from one meridian to another, in a pattern. It is this easy and free flow of Qi that protects our body from disease and keeps our body moving without pain.
Qi is also responsible for carrying our blood throughout our body, nourishing all internal organs and providing them with the energy they need to function at their optimum levels. When the flow of Qi and blood are disrupted, disease, poor health and pain develop.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is concerned with flow of vital energy through the meridians … similar to an electrical circuit. Acupuncture taps into the flow of energy ( Qi or Chi) to all major organs of the body, helping remove blockages and creating the energy balance associated with good health.
Very fine acupuncture needles are placed in specific points (acupoints) on the body for up to 45 minutes. The Acupuncturist may stimulate specific points by tapping on, or rotating the needles. The procedure is virtually painless.
Acupuncture can help the body release endorphins, which is helpful in stimulating the proper functioning of the body’s hormonal systems and in alleviating pain. Endorphins are also are responsible for regulating serotonin in the human brain. Serotonin creates a feeling of well-being, helps relieve stress and depression.
Acupuncture is not a magic cure. It takes time to restore and balance energy systems that may have been imbalanced for years. Some symptoms may be alleviated with the first application, while remaining symptoms can take a number of treatments before the body’s systems return to good health. The number of treatments depends on the type of problem, length of illness, and response of your body to the therapy.