What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work?
Acupuncture is an ancient, relaxing process utilized to promote natural healing and to improve physiological functioning. Acupuncture is performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist who inserts ultra-fine needles at very precise points along the body in a process that is largely painless.
The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture is that channels of energy run in patterns through the body and over its surface; these channels are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these channels is like a dam that backs up in these conduits of the body, observed by the presence of pain or physiological dysfunction. These channels can be “unblocked” when your acupuncturist needles these points.
The modern scientific explanation is that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals and compounds in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain which trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones to influence the body’s internal regulating system.
Why Should I Use Acupuncture?
Any time you are looking to encourage your body to work better, or to work more as it was intended to work, or if you need to experience more ease in your body, acupuncture will likely have something very worthwhile to offer you. People often seek acupuncture for chronic and acute pain, fertility, supportive cancer care, chronic and hard to treat conditions, and any internal medicine issue that they prefer to address naturally, or in conjunction with their primary care. For a list of conditions acupuncture is used for, click here.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Our needles are hair-thin, solid, and made from surgical stainless steel. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Most people find the appointment very relaxing. In fact, you may even fall asleep during your treatment!
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. We use only pre-packaged, sterilized and disposable acupuncture needles made of surgical stainless steel.