What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the anchor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete medical system that has evolved over the last 5,000 years to treat a multitude of ailments, promote health, and prevent disease. Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body that activate the body’s Qi (pronounced "Chi") to stimulate innate healing mechanisms to dredge disease, restore balance, and promote health.
How Will Acupuncture Help me?
Because TCM is a complete medical system, we can effectively treat nearly anything you would go to your primary care physician for. From chronic pain and inflammatory conditions to hormonal imbalances and mental/emotional imbalances, we can correct these patterns of disharmony and get you back to feeling healthy and well. Visit our FAQ to see a table of conditions we commonly treat or feel free to reach out to us for a short consultation. Whatever ails you, we will be sure to give you our best.
A Bit More About Acupuncture...
Qi is the essential energy that animates all life; it is a difficult construct to define, but you can think of it as a term that refers to the collective biological and mental/emotional processes in the body. Qi flows through the body in pathways called Meridians that influence every aspect of health, even thoughts and emotions. Each of the 12 meridians are named for the organ system that they influence and pass through. The meridian’s functions will often emulate the organ’s physiological functions, but they also perform additional functions unique to TCM.
Acupuncture points are located on meridians and, when stimulated, will elicit specific actions to influence Qi. When Qi is abundant and free-flowing, a balance of health and wellness is experienced. However, when various types of stressors overwhelm the body, Qi can become imbalanced in one or more of the following ways:
Stagnation or blockages along the meridians
Deficiencies of Qi or other vital substances
Presence of pathogenic factors causing excessive states of Qi
In many cases, our Qi is equipped enough to bounce back on its own. However, in chronic/severe cases a helping hand is needed, and that’s where acupuncture comes in! Acupuncture works by identifying where and how Qi has become imbalanced and then uses specific acupuncture points to rebalance and restore health.