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What is Acupuncture ?
Acupuncture is a method that improves the body’s functions, and promotes the natural self-healing and functioning process. This is done by inserting very fine, disposable and sterile needles at very precise acupuncture points into the skin. It is a more than 4,000-years-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions.
How Does Acupuncture Works?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy, called “qi” runs in specific patterns through out the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues, the constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang and all meridians balanced. An obstruction, in the movement of these energy channels/meridians is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, 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 in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What are the Needles Like? Do they Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid, and are made from stainless steel. There is no risk of infection from the sterile disposable needles. Most patients feel no pain, occasionally a few patients feel only very minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, there is NO pain felt.