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About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical tradition of over 5000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine understands that the body, mind, and spirit are inseparable. This therapy works with the natural, vital, inherent energy in all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself. Working in concert with the practices of healthy living, acupuncture is a cornerstone of the treatment, and prevention of illness.

Acupuncture and TCM are based on an energetic model in comparison to the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient physicians discovered a system of cyclic energy or life force called Qi (pronounced chee) flowing in the human body along specific pathways. Each pathway, called meridian, is associated with a particular physiological system and an internal organ, and communicates with surface of the body at specific locations called acupuncture points. Each point has a specific predictable effect upon the Qi passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, confirming the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients. Disease arises when state of imbalance occurs or flow of Qi is blocked within the cyclic system. The functionality of acupuncture is to help remove the blockage and restore the balance by stimulating specific points.


How Does Acupuncture Work?

Ancient Asians recognized a vital force that is the basis of all life forms known as Qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi flows along specific pathways in our bodies known as Meridians; when Qi becomes blocked deficient, or stagnant, we experience the signs and symptoms of illness.

The acupuncturist understands precise points at which blockages can occur. The proper placement of needles enhances the flow of Qi restoring the body, mind and spirit to its harmonious state. Each point has a predictable effect on the energy passing through it. The system came from carefully recorded observations passed from master to student over thousands of years. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus verifying the location of meridians first mapped by the ancients.


Is Acupuncture Painful?

Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a thick hair. In most cases, needle insertion only causes minimal discomfort, which is no worse than a mosquito bite. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatment. 

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