About Acupuncture

A History of Healing

Dating back to 3000 BC, acupuncture is a Chinese treatment that stimulates the body’s life force through the insertion of disposable hair-thin needles into specific points on the body—the body responds by using the stimulation to begin to heal itself.

Understanding Qi—and the Needs of Each Individual 

In Chinese culture, “qi” represents the overall life force of an individual, which includes mental, physical and emotional health. When a person’s qi—or life force—is in balance then he or she enjoys an optimal state of health.

One of the reasons acupuncture is effective in treating a number of health conditions is because it focuses on the needs of each individual. The treatment program and body points are tailored to the specific signs and symptoms exhibited by the patient. Many patients begin to notice an improvement after just one or two treatments, and patients suffering from chronic conditions can manage their health with regular sessions.

In addition, acupuncture has been effective as a complement to massage, chiropractic and western medicine. It can also help patients who are not responding to established treatment programs.

Acupuncture in the United States

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal Drug Administration—which formally approved the use of acupuncture needles by licensed practitioners in 1996—has received relatively few reports of complications even though millions of Americans seek treatment each year.

Further, the NIH finds that most patients experience “no or minimal pain” from the treatment and report feeling either energized or relaxed.

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