What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the use of very fine, sterile, disposable needles inserted into the body at specific meridian points. Mapped over centuries, these meridians are the channels which carry Qi and Blood (energy and substance) throughout the body. When stimulated, these points regulate the flow of energy, cleanse the system of toxic waste, nourish the body on a cellular level, and promote healing and restoration of the body to its natural balance.

When Qi and Blood become stagnant, pain and/or dysfunction occur. By moving the stagnant Qi and Blood, pain and/or dysfunction can be relieved as the body regains the natural flow of these substances. This can be accomplished by placing needles on specific points or using other methods such as Tui-Na, a specialized massage technique specific to Oriental Medicine; Cupping techniques to create therapeutic suction using smooth edged “cups” that are placed against the skin; and electro-stimulation on specific points and meridians using a very mild form of electricity similar to the body’s natural electric current.

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