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Acupuncture needle

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. The basis of Acupuncture is the theory that the body has an energy force running throughout it known as Qi (pronounced chee). Qi travels throughout the body similarly to nerves and blood vessels but along special pathways referred to as "meridians". These pathways can become obstructed, deficient, or excessive. This creates an irregular energy flow in the body, causing illness. Acupuncture treatment is carried out by inserting fine needles into the skin at specific points along these meridians. The effect of the needles is to restore the balance of the patients’ energy, thereby improving health by increasing the bodies’ ability to heal itself.

Each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel nothing or only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in most of our patients tell us that they experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being that lasts for many days after the treatment. They find the treatments to be rejuvenating, often falling into a deep state of relaxation and leave feeling refreshed. At first, most people are surprised at the deep level of relaxation results. People often respond with “I am more relaxed than I have ever been,” or “I got to a level of relaxation that I did not know was possible,” “I feel like I just had a two hour massage” or “Wow, I did not know this was so relaxing” and even “Can I do this everyday?”

History of Acupuncture & Development in the West

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is still one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. It remains the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s population. Although its use spread throughout Asia, little was known about it in the West until President Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1971 when a story of the use of acupuncture for pain control appeared in the New York Times. Since then there has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Western countries. There are many reasons for this rapid rise in popularity. Patients who have tried acupuncture are usually amazed and pleased with the outcome and tell their friends. Also recent clinical research supports the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of conditions and more and more people have acupuncture covered by their health insurance plan.

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