The ancient practice of Chinese therapy called Acupuncture uses needles (or lasers, magnets, and electric pulses) placed along 12 invisible channels, known as meridians that run throughout the body, to unblock and release the body’s vital energy or “qi”. With the release of qi, the body can begin healing itself to improve its functions.
When your body’s balance is disrupted, you are likely to feel sick or have pain. Acupuncture allows your vital energy to flow freely throughout your body via meridians, alleviating pain and restoring your natural balance so you can feel strong and healthy again.
The ancient art and science of acupuncture sprouted from humble beginnings in China more than 5,000 years ago using bian stones as needles. Today, we insert and manipulate filiform needles, in differing lengths and thicknesses, into designated points on the body to treat pain and disease and restore health. Filiform needles are about the width of 5-10 human hairs and, unlike blood-draw needles, are solid which allows them to be inserted with minimal to no pain. There are several differing theories on how acupuncture works. The neuro-hormonal theory suggests that acupuncture releases endorphins in the brain to block pain. Another theory suggests acupuncture releases nitric oxide gases from the body, thereby increasing blood circulation and relieving pain.
No two bodies are the same. Our licensed Acupuncturists will evaluate all of your five senses, the manner in which you speak, what you talk about, your Chinese pulses, your tongue, and other factors that Western-trained doctors do not consider important to determine the quantity and type of treatment for you.