Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is one of the oldest systems of medicine that dates back thousands of years. It has become the most commonly used method of healing in the world.
Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that all body parts are interconnected. Organs and organ systems work together to keep the body functioning. If one part malfunctions, all other aspects are affected.
Qi (pronounced “chi”) is the TCM term for vital force or energy. Qi flows through the body via channels called meridians. Excesses and deficiencies, which cause imbalances or interruptions in the flow of qi, cause illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance. Acupuncture restores the balance, allowing for the normal flow of qi, which restores health to the mind and body.
To influence the energy flow we will insert very thin needles into points along the meridians. Areas of insertion may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. This sensation indicates the energy flow is active.
Acupuncture treats many common ailments other than pain management. These conditions include: