Among all the types of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies, acupuncture is the most commonly practised in the West.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body. The needles used are very fine, solid, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are designed to slide into the skin smoothly, which make them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to the underlying structures. It is also possible to stimulate these points using pressure applied with hands, fingers or an acupressure tool.
It is based on the theory of meridians. Qi (vital energy) and blood circulate in the body through a system of meridian channels, connecting internal organs with external organs and tissues. There are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body; each point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it. By stimulating certain points of the body surface through needling, pressure or moxibustion qi and blood can flow normally throughout the whole body, which effectively treats diseases.
We know that acupuncture causes endorphins to be released and nerves to be stimulated, but modern science does not have all the answers as to the ways in which it works.
Acupuncture points are often located where a nerve enters a muscle, and studies have shown that points along meridians stimulate particular areas or lobes of the brain.
Acupuncture is safe, encourages natural healing, improves mood and energy, reduces or relieves pain and improves function and movement of the body.
Did You Know? The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of many conditions such as:
Low back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, facial pain and headaches, sciatica, tennis elbow, sprains and strains, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, allergy and sinus problems, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues, nausea and vomiting, acute and chronic gastritis, adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy, mood disorders, depression, addiction, morning sickness, and induction of labor and correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation).