Acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the gentle insertion of very fine, sterile, disposable needles at specific points (called acupoints) on the body, which are then stimulated with manipulation techniques. This in turn, is used to assist in both the prevention and treatment of varying ailments.
Acupuncture has not only been practicing in China for thousands of years, but has also been recognized and accepted by the World Health Organization, as well as most countries in the world.
There are various theories behind acupuncture, and how it is used.
In modern science, acupuncture can stimulate the central nervous system to encourage production of naturally occuring chemicals and hormones, allowing the body to tune into its own internal regulating systems, and promote the its natural ability to heal itself. An example of such stimulation, is targeting acupuncture points that cause body to produce endorphins, a substance that relieves pain.
The belief promoted in Traditional Chinese Medicine is that if there is an imbalance of Ying-Yang, or a block in the flow of Qi within the meridian, the body will manifest various symptoms or illnesses. Acupuncture can be used to restore the flow of Qi, and rebalance the Ying-Yang of the body.
While people will experience acupuncture differently from each other, most individuals feel no pain, or at most, a slight pinch when needles are applied.
When the acupuncture needle is accurately introduced to an acupoint, and the correct manipulation methods are applied, an individual may experience sensations of aching, numbness, tingling, heaviness, or distension in the area the needle is applied. These sensations suggest the arrival of Qi, as well as the positive therapeutic effect.
In the hands of a well-trained and experienced practitioner, acupuncture may be used to address a multitude of ailments and health concerns, and the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as being effective in the treatment of a wide variety of health issues. These include (but are not limited to):
Headaches and migraines
Muscular pain and sports injuries
Arthritic and various neurological pain
Cold, flu, bronchitis, and other similar infections and respiratory issues
Skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema
Stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
Hormonal and reproductive concerns (in both men and women)
Diabetes, digestive concerns, weight management
For a full list, or to see if your health concern can be addressed through acupuncture, and for any other questions regarding acupuncture, we suggest setting up a consultation with our Acupuncturist, Dr. Chen.