WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is both an ancient and modern component of the accepted health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. However, its application is as relevant today in the West as it was then. Acupuncture is still a respected form of medicine in China where it is completely integrated into the health care system.
The theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are understood to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture corrects imbalances of flow at precise and identifiable points on the body.
The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable disease conditions in the West was rare until the early 1970’s when the ancient texts were liberated from China and an explosion of interest in the United States and Europe allowed training in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.
Acupuncture describes a broad range of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques such as with needles, cups or moxibustion (warming of the skin/points). There are a variety of approaches to diagnosis and treatment in acupuncture that incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.
Acupuncture is an effective, pleasant and relaxing procedure that, when carried out by an experienced and qualified and licensed practitioner, should be minimally or only temporarily uncomfortable. Most patients experience no pain, and more often describe a sensation of relaxation, pleasant heaviness, and warmth.
Acupuncture has been deeply researched and has been shown to improve many health conditions and alleviate symptoms.