Acupuncture is a part of a medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s based on the concept that vital energy, Qi (chi), or the body’s ability to heal itself, flows throughout the body. It regulates your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance, and is influenced by the opposing forces of Yin and Yang. Disease, pain, and deviations from health result from the flow of Qi being disrupted, and Yin and Yang becoming imbalanced through internal and external influences. Once the cause of illness is established, acupuncture accesses anatomical points to both stimulate and balance the body’s Qi.
Did you know that approximately 85% of Chinese medicine treatment is herbal in nature, whle only 15% involves needling itself? Herbs function as the foundation of the healing process, while acupuncture visits serve to accelerate and encourage healing. The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures, including: