About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical practices in the world. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,500 years ago and records of Chinese herbal medicine go back thousands of years further.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) there are channels or meridians that flow through the body. These channels serve as pathways for the flow of Qi (energy). Disruption or blockage of the energy flow in the channels leads to disease. Acupuncture has been utilized for thousands of years as a part of traditional Chinese medicine which is a system that prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases. Acupuncture causes a change in the physical functions of the body. Acupuncture creates physical responses in the nervous system to elicit healing responses.

An acupuncture session includes the placing of very fine stainless steel, hair thin needles into specific acupuncture points that are located along the meridian channels to improve the flow of Qi, thus restoring balance. By bringing balance back to the body, health is restored. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. By these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body's natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to be released thus naturally restoring the body to a healthy state.

Auricular Acupuncture

There are instances where acupuncture is actually performed on the ear, which contains a network of important and therapeutic meridians. Auricular acupuncture is used worldwide to help people deal with issues like substance abuse, and has been shown in a variety of clinical settings to be beneficial in the process of detoxification, as well as to help with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions.

Ten Acupuncture Facts

1. Prevents and cures specific diseases and conditions with little or no pain.
2. Stimulates the body's ability to resist or overcome illnesses and conditions.
3. Corrects hormonal and/or chemical imbalances.
4. Prompts production of chemicals in the body to decrease or eliminate pain.
5. Restores and maintains health by stimulating specific points on the body.
6. Activates the release of pain-relieving endorphins.
7. Triggers neurotransmitters, substances that conduct nerve impulses to the brain.
8. Influences the autonomic nervous system.
9. Promotes circulation within the body.
10. Invigorates the electrical currents of the body.