WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a comprehensive healthcare system that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. It can be used to treat acute or chronic ailments, strengthen the immune system, and relieve pain.
Having evolved over thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the oldest consistently practiced medical modalities in the world. Acupuncture involves the insertion and sometimes manipulation of sterile, single use, flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points on the body to promote the body’s remarkable self-healing abilities. The needles we use are not like the needles used at a typical MD’s office. Ours are solid, as opposed to the hollow needles used by MD’s to inject or withdraw. We could fit multiple acupuncture needles in the hollow part of a hypodermic needle. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness.
Acupuncture works with the body allowing the body to heal itself more promptly and completely. Acupuncture is particularly effective in pain control because of the release of endorphins from the brain during treatment. Acupuncture has also been shown to affect sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels in the blood.
Though in many ways Chinese medicine can be considered an “energy” based medicine, modern research has illuminated many ways that acupuncture is “flesh and blood” based. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have direct effects on the physiology of the body. There are an increasing number of studies showing substantial influence on the circulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems of the body.
The goal is not limited to relieving specific symptoms but to fulfill the larger picture of enhancing the quality of one’s life.