WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a component of Chinese Medicine that can be traced back 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi energy) throughout the body that are essential for health. Disruption of this flow is believed to be responsible for pain and disease. Acupuncture is used to correct this imbalance of energy flow. An acupuncturist inserts hair-thin, sterile disposable needles into points on the body that have been proven effective in the treatment of health problems.
In general, acute conditions get quicker results than those that are chronic. And, the longer the body is out of balance, the more likely a variety of symptoms will manifest.
Many people without health problems get acupuncture regularly to stay healthy. Acupuncture helps the body function at its highest state. Stimulation of specific acupuncture points enhances immunity, promotes physical and emotional health, and improves the overall function and well-being.
WHAT IS QI?
At the core of Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced Chee) flows throughout the body. Qi is “life energy”. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.
Many things influence the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise or too much exercise, diet, accidents, and seasonal changes can lead to blockage or imbalance of Qi.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Treatments are generally painless. However, you may feel a dull heaviness or tingling around the point or even above or below the involved acupuncture meridian (energetic pathway). This temporary sensation is called “de Qi”, it is quite normal and in most cases desired. Sometimes you might feel a slight prick upon insertion. This happens most often on points located on the feet and hands. After needles are inserted, most people find acupuncture to be a very relaxing experience.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Contrary to the common belief that acupuncture is only used to treat pain, it is known to affect a vast spectrum of health concerns. For a list of sampling conditions, see Conditions Treated.
COST OF ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture can be done alone or in combination with massage therapy.
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