What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the world's oldest forms of healing. Acupuncture is a tradition of the East Asian medical systems. It has been practiced in Asia for more than 2,000 years and adapted over the last few hundred years in Europe and the Americas.
Acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the human body that are known to alleviate pain and treat various mental and emotional conditions. Nothing is injected into the body when the needles are inserted. These needles are nearly as thin as human hair. Each needle is disposable, sterile, and made of stainless steel (Acupuncture needles are used only once). There is often minimal or no pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe and the body as two opposing forces: Yin and Yang. The body is healthy when these forces are in balance. Throughout the body, energy known as "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways known as meridians. This constant flow of energy maintains the balance of the yin and yang forces. However, if the flow of energy is disrupted, the disruption can cause pain, loss of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy stimulates the function and releases blocked qi in the body, eliciting the body's natural healing response through various physiological systems.
These imbalances are common and can occur in one or more body systems. TCM associates these systems with organ names, such as liver, kidney, lung, and pericardium, whereas conventional medicine refers to these as the circulatory, nervous, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems.
By stimulating acupuncture points, the flow of energy within the body is harmonized and health can be restored. Acupuncture's primary goal is to restore the body's balance. Homeostasis is the term used in conventional medicine to describe this balance.