Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points to activate the body’s healing response and optimize the flow of energy.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, disease is viewed as a disorder or imbalance of energy (Qi) in the body. Health, on the other hand, is the harmonious equilibrium between the complementary principles of yin and yang, and the balanced integration of the organ systems (liver, stomach and spleen, kidneys, heart, lungs and the large intestine). This energy or Qi flows through pathways called meridians that connect different organs and systems. Stimulating specific acupuncture points along these channels can improve the flow of energy and assist in removing excesses, deficiencies or blockages to restore balance and overall health.
The modern scientific explanation is that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals that reduce pain, balance hormones and influence the body’s biochemical and metabolic processes. Acupuncture affects the production and circulation of neurotransmitters and inflammatory mediators. It may also alter the pain signals traveling through the spinal cord. The strategic selection of acupuncture points and needle adjustment techniques, allows for the release of endorphins (the ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain) and helps to redirect the flow of blood and energy throughout the body.
Acupuncture provides therapeutic benefits in the treatment of a variety of conditions including:
For best results, acupuncture treatments are recommended 1-2 times weekly for 4-6 weeks. Each session is approximately 45 minutes.