Acupuncture is the practice of puncturing the skin with very thin needles at certain points in the body. The goal is to relieve symptoms of certain health conditions. The acupuncture points are thought to have electrical properties, which affect chemical neurotransmitters in the body.
The History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient practice in Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi.
Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for certain conditions.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
No. Acupuncture needles are very fine and most patients do not feel them being inserted. The most common sensation is tingling as parasthesia—the desired response—sets in. Please contact us if you have further concerns.
Many Americans seek acupuncture treatment for relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis or low back pain. Acupuncture, however, has expanded uses in other parts of the world.