Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect.
Acupuncture needles are unlike hypodermic needles as
they are solid and do not inject subcutaneously. It is the
stimulation of the acupuncture points themselves that
create a healing effect.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing,
improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and
improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe
and effective and is often successfully used as an
alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is
often obtained with acupuncture when traditional
medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture points were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body.
A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘de Qi’ and is considered by some traditional acupuncturists to be necessary for acupuncture to be effective.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.
Acupuncture is near pain-free and can produce sensations of relaxation, relief, and even euphoria.