What Is Acupuncture?
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Acupuncture is a system of diagnosing and treating pain and disease according to traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hair-fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the immune system and the flow of one Qi or natural healing energy. The stimulation of acupoints on the body as a means of treating disease is likewise transmitted through the meridians by regulating the Qi to influence physiological, emotional and psychological functions in the mind and body and to cure the disease. A person's health is influenced by the flow of Qi in their body. If that flow is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, illness may occur. Acupuncture is said to restore the balance.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Recent scientific experiments have proved that the human body is a complex bioelectrical system. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupoints are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy which influences the health of the entire human body.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and made from stainless steel. Acupuncturists can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles into skin with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients feel only mild sensation at insertion of the needle. There is no risk of infection from the treatment.

Can Acupuncture Be Effective When Other Treatments Have Failed?

Absolutely! Acupuncture is considered complimentary forms of treatment. Each system of medicine has its own areas of greatest effectiveness. Acupuncture excels in those areas in which conventional medicine comes up short. From extensive research in both China and the West is that acupuncture has measurable effects on the autonomic nervous system, on vascular, on endocrine physiology and on brain chemistry including a variety of neurotransmitters. Chronic disease, pain control, and stress related disorders are three acupuncture and oriental medicine specialties.