What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Asian medicine that uses ultra-fine needles to treat a variety of conditions. From the Eastern point of view, health depends upon a correct and balanced flow of vital force, or qi, through an interconnected network of vessels, or meridians, throughout the human body. Acupuncture seeks to restore this balance through the insertion of acupuncture needles into points located along the meridians. From the Western point of view, acupuncture needles are believed to effect changes in the body through the stimulation and regulation of the central nervous system and endocrine system.
Acupuncture needles are ultra-thin, pre-sterilized and disposable. They are designed for one time use only. Since they are designed to part the skin, not to tear it, insertion of the needles is usually painless. During treatment, patients often enter a state of deep relaxation, and may experience sensations of numbness, tingling or heaviness around the needles.
An acupuncture treatment may also involve the use of additional techniques that do not involve the insertion of needles. These include Tui Na (Oriental Massage), Acupressure and Shiatsu, as well as other techniques designed to stimulate the flow of qi and blood superficially within the skin and muscles of the body. These techniques are used to treat a variety of conditions, especially musculoskeletal pain and muscle stiffness.