What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine dating back to 350 BC. The theory of acupuncture states that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) throughout the body and they follow energy pathways called meridians. Along these meridians are acupuncture points which are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin. The meridians are a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. By inserting needles into the points along these pathways, it is unblocking where the energy has become stuck or stagnant. When the flow of qi is disrupted, disease and illness can occur. The meridians flow deeper into the body and circulatory channels and effect the organ systems as well. Each point has a different meaning and function and will have therapeutic effects on different areas in the body.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture is virtually painless, the needles being as thick as a human hair. Once the needles are in you may feel a dull ache or heaviness or a sensation of energy movement around the needle. This is the qi started to move.

After a treatment a person may feel energized or deeply relaxed.