What is Acupuncture?

   Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used in China for 23 centuries to diagnose, treat and prevent illness, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, strengthen the immune system, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being.  It has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system and it is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points on the body.

 

How does this system work?

  The Chinese developed acupuncture in accordance with the theory that energy flows through channels between the surface of the body and internal organs. These energy channels are called “Meridians”. There are many acupuncture points on the human body that connect with the 12 main and 8 secondary “meridians” or channels. There is a vital life energy called Qi (pronounced " chi) circulating within the body. Meridians are like rivers within your body. Whenever a river flows, it brings water that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants and people around it. Meridians transport life Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body. It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body. A blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the body will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our tissue and muscle, organ and gland. The meridians can be influenced by placing needles in the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock at dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatment can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

 

   Needing the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

 

   The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotion well-being. 

 

What is QI?

   QI is the vital energy or “life force” which flows through all living things. Good Qi has positive effect on health, bad Qi has negative effect on health.

 

What is Meridian? 

   Meridian is the energy channel where Qi flows. The body has 12 regular and 8 extra meridians. Each meridian is connected to specific organs and glands.  Acupuncture needles are inserted on various points along the meridians.

 

What is an Acupuncture treatment like?

   Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at specific points on the energetic pathways, known as meridians. When the needles are inserted, you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. People are surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing. The length and frequency of treatment may vary for each individual and will be determined by our Acupuncturist. Acupuncture treatments are scheduled according to the nature of your condition. As you improve, fever visits are required. Please keep in mind that each individual is different.

 

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as Chinese Acupressure Massage are safe, effective and drug-free therapies that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.