Acupuncture is an ancient technique that has been used to address a wide variety of health concerns. Thought to have originated in China and practiced for over 2,500 years, this medicine emerged in the United States in the 1970’s and has since become widely recognized and integrated with mainstream health care. Acupuncture is based on a Traditional Chinese Medical theory that our life force energy or “Qi” (pronounced chee) flows in a vast network of channels throughout the body. Illness occurs when this Qi flow becomes obstructed in various ways due to emotional or physical traumas, poor diet, inadequate sleep, environmental pollutants and any number of daily stressors that take a toll on the body’s natural rhythms and balance. Acupuncture utilizes ultra-thin, stainless steel needles to access these channels, through points just beneath the skin, in order to free the flow of Qi and restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Studies have shown that Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals (such as neurotransmitters, endorphins and hormones) that can relieve pain and influence the body’s self regulating systems. In other words, Acupuncture can help stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself as well as promote physical and emotional well-being. One of the elements that sets this ancient medicine apart from western/allopathic medicine is its advanced and complex system of diagnosis that takes into consideration the person as a whole, not just isolated symptoms. This allows for a treatment plan that is designed for each unique individual and their specific constitution and life circumstances. The aim is not just to alleviate or get rid of symptoms, but rather to get to the root of an illness and treat the underlying cause. The aim is to increase and enhance the body’s natural healing ability and improve the quality and experience of life.