Acupuncture is one of five branches of Traditional Medicine. The other branches include nutritional guidance, Tui na ( a form of Chinese Medical Massage), exercise ( Qi Gong and Tai Ji), herbal therapy.

Acupuncture is one of the most effective ways to unblock energy flow and restore the body to a state of balanced “qi”.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the manipulation of the body’s energy through the insertion of fine needles at specified points on the body with the goal of helping the body to heal and strengthen. This energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced Chee). When illness occurs it is an external manifestation of weak or disordered Qi. Acupuncture helps to re-order and strengthen the Qi and thereby eliminate the underlying condition and the symptoms.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body. The selection of the points depends on the particular condition of the patient and the diagnosis given by the practitioner.
When the needle is correctly inserted in the proper location your body’s energy will actually grab the needle and the needle will stand firm. Sometimes the patient will feel very little, sometimes he/she will feel a dull sensation, and sometimes the patient will literally feel an energetic sensation flow briefly through the meridian as a blockage is relieved. In fact, your ability to “sense” the acupuncture working may astonish you the first time.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Traditionally, it works through the manipulation of Qi to effect a particular result. Illness is thought to be the result of a disorder of essential body substances of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. To much or too little of these substances will result in an imbalance in the function of the body’s systems and over time those imbalances will manifest in a collection of symptoms associated with a particular illness.

These substances travel through the body in channels or meridians. Each of us has twelve primary channels and eight extraordinary channels. They deliver the essential substances throughout the body to nourish organs, systems and body surfaces. Each of the body’s organs, channels and systems is connected through the channel system. If there is an imbalance in one, it effecst another associated organ or system.

More modern explanations of how acupuncture works focus on the effect of acupuncture on the hormones. Studies show that acupuncture increases the level of certain hormones in the body. For instance acupuncture increases the levels of endorphins in our body’s. Endorphins are hormone which effect brain centers that have an effect on our emotional wellbeing — they improve our sense of wellbeing. This explains why so many people report an improved sense of wellbeing following an acupuncture treatment.

Regardless of the theory subscribed to, there is no question that acupuncture works on many and varied conditions.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are not much thicker than a hair and their insertion is practically painless. You may not even know that the needles have been inserted. Some sensations that you may feel include: tingling, warmth, heaviness or a feeling of energy moving up and down the affected energetic pathway. Most people find Acupuncture extremely relaxing and many people fall asleep during treatment.