What is Acupuncture?

Traditional Acupuncture

Originated in China, over 3,000 years ago, acupuncture is thought to be one of the oldest forms of medicine.  Traditionally the Chinese believed that energy flows through the body via specific channels, and when these became blocked illiness or pain would occur. Acupuncture was used to promote, maintain and restore good health by promoting the flow of energy or  “Qi” (pronounced  Chee).

Modern science has shown that  acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the production of the body’s communication substances – hormones and neurotransmitters. Chinese and Western studies have suggested that the insertion of needles at acupuncture points helps release some chemical neurotransmitters in the body, including endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s own extremely powerful, natural painkillers which relieve pain and bring about a sense of well being.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin, disposable metal needles through the skin in points on the body’s meridians. Acupuncture needles are solid, usually made of stainless steel, and are extremely flexible. The small diameter and contoured shape of the acupuncture needle allows it to be inserted easily and painlessly a few millimeters into the skin. Acupuncture affects people differently, leaving some energized while others feel relaxed. Acupuncture needles can also be stimulated with pressure, heat, friction or electromagnetic impulses to further activate a person’s qi.

Acupuncture can work in conjunction with more traditional approaches to healthcare.



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