Without a doubt, acupuncture is the most well known treatment method of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile disposable needles into specific points on energetic meridians which course throughout the body. Twelve major meridians traverse the body from the tips of your fingers and toes to the top of your head and mid-line of your torso. According to Chinese Medicine Theory, Qi (often translated as "vital energy") flows through the body via this meridian system.
A fundamental principle of acupuncture theory and clinical practice is the concept of self-healing within the body; a dynamic arrangement of organ systems and energy flows that connect and interact with the shared purpose of regulating and maintaining homeostasis or balance. As we function and interact within our surrounding environment, this dynamic can lose balance and become stagnant, depleted, congested, or imbalanced.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
During an acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist stimulates points on the meridians to assist in redirecting the flow of energy back towards balance and homeostasis. Your acupuncturist decides which points to stimulate based on which meridians and points are associated with the imbalance related to your reason for coming in, and based on which meridians and points function to best restore balance through their energetic functions.
Acupuncture treatments offer a time to relax, open up to the body's own natural processes in healing, and restore balance.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
When the needles are put in place, some points may go unnoticed while others may feel like a quick, small pinch. This may be followed by a sensation of tingling, warmth, heaviness or a dull pressure. Needles usually remain in place from 10 to 40 minutes. Following a treatment, it is not uncommon to feel tranquil and revitalized both mentally and physically.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is a treatment method used to treat the individual, not the symptom. Acupuncture restores balance. In that process, it prevents, reduces, or eliminates the symptoms that prompted you to consider acupuncture.