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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest continuous forms of medicine on Earth. It's roots can be traced back as far as 4000-5000 years ago in China. Acupuncture is one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that also includes herbology, massage, meditation, diet/nutrition, exercise (Ch'i Kung & Martial Arts), and even feng shui and astrology. It is a complete system of medicine and can be used for nearly any medical or pathological condition. Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles just below the skin at very specific points. These points are energetically important to the body and activate immune, nervous, and endocrine system responses.

How does it Work?

In the Western view of the body, energy is distributed via the major systems, i.e. circulatory, nervous, endocrine, immune, respiratory, etc. The ancient Chinese were not privy to the benefit of modern X-rays, PET scans, and diagnostic equipment. However, they mapped a very sophisticated and detailed picture of the interplay of these systems that are described as organ energies. There is an uncanny amount of overlap between the two seemingly disparate views of the energy systems in the body.

The method of communication between the brain, organs, and each individual cell occurs along the major energy pathways, or "meridians", of acupuncture. An easy way to think of the meridian system is like a modern road map. The major meridians are like highways that can veer off to major streets, then side streets, town roads, and eventually to driveways that lead right up to one house. In the body that house is like each individual cell.

Acupuncture returns the body to its

natural state of balance and harmony.

Regardless of what condition a person is suffering from, there is always some form of imbalance that is not allowing the energy to flow properly. The severity of the disease is often determined by how long the imbalance has been present, and how complex the imbalance is.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. There is minimal risk of injury and virtually no side effects when administered properly. The needles are sterile, regulated by the FDA, and only used once. Any person performing acupuncture legally will be state licensed and have passed national medical boards administered by the NCCAOM.

Does it Hurt?

For most patients Acupuncture is a pleasant, comforting and restorative form of therapy. Acupuncture should never be painful, but the patient will have some sensation that is indicative of a therapeutic response.