Acupuncture is a component of Chinese medicine that originated about 5,000 years ago. Acupuncture is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world.
An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion and manipulation of flexible, sterile, hair-thin needles at specific points along the body's meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy flows. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called "qi", that circulates through twelve energy pathways known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how symptoms and disease begins. Acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points where the most qi acumulates along the meridians.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to promote the body's remarkable self-healing abilities. It stimulate release of natural endorphins for pain relief, promotes blood circulation, and acitivates the nervous system. Acupuncture is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance quality of life, and improve overall health and wellness.
How many acupuncture treatments do I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments you need depends on the complexity of your illness, whether it's a chronic or recent condition, and on your general health. For a more acute condition you may need only one or two treatments, while a long-standing, chronic illness may require acupuncture treatments for several weeks to achieve good results.