How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture refers to one of many modalities that a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner uses.

Acupuncture can regulate the flow of qi, moving qi towards or away from areas to create overall balance. Acupuncture points are found along meridians (described in the last post). Research has shown these points have less resistance to electrical flow (than neighboring areas of the skin) and therefore are areas where energy in meridians can enter or exit the body. A metal needle (also low resistance) inserted in these points conducts electrical flow in or out of the meridians. Effectively, acupuncture points allow practitioners to access and influence the energy in the meridians. In this way, deficiencies, excesses and stagnations can be modulated to allow smooth flow of qi through meridians and the proper functioning of the body as a whole.

Acupuncture is considered relatively painless, however the stimulation of qi movement can cause a sensation of heaviness, tingling or electric at the acupuncture point and/or along the meridian. This ‘qi sensation’ signals to the acupuncturist that the patient’s qi is moving towards balance. Because the objective of acupuncture is to achieve overall balance, acupuncture is used for many conditions including: anxiety, insomnia, joint pain, menstrual disorders, fertility, immune support, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, nausea, paralysis from stroke or Bells Palsy and neuropathy.

Only pre-packaged, sterile needles are used. Disposable needles are used one-time only and disposed of as indicated by law.


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