What is Acupuncture and how does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine used for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
- Headaches/migraine suffer
- Muscle tension
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Improves sleep
- Treats tendonitis
- Improves overall health
- Relieves Sciatic pain
Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain.