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, while 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:
- Electrical Stimulation
- Massage (Tui Na)
- Restorative exercise such as Tai Chi, Qi gong, and Yoga
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, stainless steel, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by the treatment, while others feel relaxed.Common sensations of treatment that indicate healing include warmth of the area, heaviness, pressure, or tingling. In order to maximize your healing potential, it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
For thousands of years, the Chinese have appreciated acupuncture for its non-pharmaceutical treatment, simple application, wide range of use, good curative effect, and low cost. Today, the U.S. FDA requires sterile needles to be used, only once, and by licensed practitioners.
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