What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested medicine. It is one form of medicine within the broad scope of traditional Chinese medicine, in which very thin, sterile needles are inserted at specific points on the body. In China, traditional Chinese medicine stands on its own as the primary form of medicine within hospitals and clinics (with our, Western medicine being a secondary, complementary form of medicine). Did you know the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture can effectively help over 100 different conditions? Acupuncture treats everything from A-Z, including: all varieties of acute and chronic pains, digestive disorders, headaches, seasonal allergies, women's health conditions, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and much much more. For more information, this World Health Organization (WHO) document gives an overview of conditions and research: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf
How does Acupuncture work? There are 12 primary meridians, plus 8 secondary meridians mapped on the body, and over 365 acupuncture points. An acupuncturist uses specific acupuncture points (like coordinates on a map) to give your body directions in how to activate the healing process, and restore optimal health. Research supports that acupuncture works by promoting circulation in the body, releasing endophins, and regulating the nervous system to activate the body's innate healing process.