Acupuncture is the insertion of fine filiform needles into specific points of the body in order to help regulate internal balance and promote the body’s own natural process of healing.
Both the physicians of ancient China and modern day researchers have observed that when certain points on the body are stimulated, other distant parts of the body, including the internal organs, are affected in predictable ways. These points occur on extensive energetic pathways called meridians. By selecting and needling specific points on the meridians, a practitioner can help to establish a more balanced and harmonized flow of Qi throughout the body and meridian systems. Acupuncture can address a range of problems including pain, internal disorders, spiritual, mental and emotional issues as well as relief from the stresses of modern-day life.
Modern needles, unlike their prehistoric stone counterparts, are made of ultra fine, flexible stainless steel. They are hypoallergenic and come in single use pre-sterilized packages. Needle sensation can vary from patient to patient though it is common to experience a dull ache, a sense of heaviness, an electrical feeling or a sensation of energy spreading around the insertion area.