What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine where the skin is punctured to evoke a therapeutic action. It is uncertain how old acupuncture is but the oldest instructions were found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Treatise of Internal Medicine). The Yellow Emperor lived between 2700-2600 BCE. Evidence of therapeutic tattoos has also been found on preserved mummies over 5000 years old. Today the practice of acupuncture is much different from 3000 years ago. Modern acupuncture uses sterilized stainless-steel filiform needles and has built on the foundations of medicine, anatomy and nature that began so many years ago.
How does Acupuncture work?
This is the million dollar question. The simplest answer is that the mechanism for how it works has not been isolated in a way that satisfies a scientific mind, yet the ancient Chinese philosophers and physicians described the mechanism within the context of how they described how everything works. According to Chinese philosophy, nature and all life forms have a vital energy called Qi (pronounced chee). Qi circulates throughout the body and changes in nature as it interacts with twelve different organ networks and the brain. These organ networks connect to and communicate with each other through discrete vessels or meridians that form an unbroken loop of energy. As these vessels emerge to the surface of the body Qi will collect in certain locations called “acu-points”. Stimulation of these acu-points will impact how the Qi flows through the vessel and interacts with the deeper organ network.
Does it work, what should I expect?
Yes, acupuncture is effective. When done by a trained professional, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for most medical conditions. Acupuncture also has a long history, therefore it is not experimental. However, it is difficult to isolate the active component of acupuncture
Despite an overwhelming number of positive reports from most people receiving acupuncture, some people experience minor, temporary, side effects like fatigue or delayed onset muscle soreness. To avoid these side effects, clients are recommended to drink water and reduce activity for the remainder of the day.
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Acupuncture needles have a very fine diameter (about the size of human hair) and are flexible and disposable. Needles are retained in the skin for 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. Often, people will fall asleep during treatment.
What conditions benefit from acupuncture treatment?
- Acid Reflux
- Back Pain
- Bell’s Palsy
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cold and Flu
- Digestive Disorders
- Joint Pain
- Migraine Headache
- Pain Management
- PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea
- Smoking Cessation
- Stroke Sequelae