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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed by the ancient Chinese more than 5000 years ago.

Acupuncture is performed by stimulating designated points on the body through the insertion of small very thin needles.

According to the ancient Chinese, there is a network of energy, called chi or qi, (pronounced chee) that flows through the body and connects acupuncture points through different channels called meridians. These channels are related to specific internal functions, and any imbalance in the flow of energy will cause a disease process. Therefore, the purpose of an acupuncture assessments is to detect energy imbalance. Acupuncture assessments are made according to diagnostic categories of energy (qi) flow, as measured by a complete medical history, examination of pulse, tongue, and other organs, as well as other observations. Any imbalance of energy detected through these comprehensive assessments is then corrected by application of acupuncture at carefully selected points. This restores the human body to normal health. Qi can also be considered the life force within all living organisms.

In its first encounters with acupuncture, Western medicine was understandably suspicious, since explanations of exactly how the procedure works are bound up in seemingly mysterious concepts formulated 3000 years ago. Qi cannot be measured by traditional medical instruments or be observed in an anatomy class. However, in light of recent advancements in understanding the neurophysiology of pain and scientific explanations of how acupuncture relieves it, suspicion is giving way to tolerance and acceptance.

Acupuncture does not offer an instant cure. While frequently there is a noticeable difference in how a person feels after one or two treatments, true and lasting healing takes time and commitment.

During the initial evaluation, a thorough health and life history from you and assess your present condition.

Your initial treatment will start by clearing blockages of qi, a procedure necessary for rebuilding the energy balance. Some people feel noticeably better after the first session or after the first few sessions. They may sleep better, feel less pain, or notice an improvement in their moods -- benefits beyond what they had hoped for. Nevertheless, further sessions are needed to balance and stabilize the qi. You can expect to begin noticing changes after about 6 to 10 sessions.