what is acupuncture?
acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 meridians or channels that cover the entire body. there are 365 classical acupuncture points associated with the 14 meridians. these points and meridians, mapped out over 2,000 years ago and confirmed by consistent practice, have shown that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body.
is acupuncture safe?
acupuncture is safe when it is practiced by qualified registered acupuncturist. needles used for acupuncture are fine, sterile, disposable, single use, stainless steel implements. there are virtually no adverse effects or complications because it is an all-natural, drug-free therapy.
how does acupuncture work?
the core of traditional chinese medicine is the philosophy that we all have a complex system of channels which flow throughout our body distributing qi or "life energy" to all of our tissues. when there is an obstruction in the flow of qi or an imbalance in the yin and yang, health problems arise. acupuncture can help to remove the blockage and stimulate the body's natural ability to heal.
does acupuncture hurt?
generally speaking, acupuncture should not be painful. you may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange. sometimes you can fell qi running up or down the body or a limb.
what can acupuncture treat?
the list of diseases and conditions for which acupuncture would be appropriate is extensive. acupuncture is a complete medical system in itself, and is also an excellent compliment to almost any other treatment, including western pharmaceuticals and surgery, herbal therapies, massage or chiropractic. acupuncture is not a cure all, nor an aggressive intervention but it can minimize or relieve pain and to speed healing.
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