What is Acupuncture?

what is acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

While the most prominent effect of acupuncture is symptom relief, acupuncture treats more than the physical body. With its origin in Taoism, Acupuncture has served over centuries to reconnect a person to their sources. Those who receive acupuncture regularly, besides being physically healed, experience new and profound states of peace, clarity and harmony.

How Effective is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is highly effective not only as a preventative medicine, but as a drug-free treatment for ailments and injuries. Acupuncture works with the body by strengthening and balancing energy and improving circulation. Beside its effects on the immune system, studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous systems. Evidence shows that acupuncture releases endorphins, cortisol, serotonin, making it particularly effective for pain control. It also affects sugar, cholesterol, triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Using natural laws and energetic principles rooted in Taoist traditions, acupuncture involves the placement of hair thin needles, energy stimulation and pressure to specific points on the body. Each of the body’s points provides a specific function in regulating the free flow of vital energy for health and well-being. Acupuncture accesses the source of life itself. through centuries of refinement, practitioners have developed extensive “maps” of energy flow within the body. By careful placement, the acupuncturist opens or closes specific gateways, called points, grouped along certain lines of energy flow, or meridians, which traverse deep within the body. Disease, for example, is prevented or treated by stimulating or reducing the flow of vital energy, or chi, through specific points in the body. Vital energy is then strengthened, sedated, monitored, and balanced to achieve the desired result.

From a Western Scientific viewpoint acupuncture stimulates the peripheral nerves which send messages into the central nervous system along the spinal cord and into the brain. In the brain, various chemistry and electrical changes are evoked by acupuncture stimulus. Those can include the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain relieving substance, as well as other neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin can be associated with a host of brain changes and health benefits.

Oriental Diagnoses and Examination

During the first visit, the practitioner will listen carefully to the patient during an extensive interview, gathering vital clues to the overall pattern of health or disease. Then she will feel the subtle variations in the pulses in the wrist to determine a wealth of information about how the body is functioning. Sound of voice, the condition of the tongue, smell, overall appearance of face and skin and emotional patterns are all important indicators of one’s health. Particular patterns are discerned to determine specific points on the body to use for treatment.


What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture needles are gently placed at the specific gateways of the body. The placement may not be felt at all, or may be felt as a mild sensation upon entering, followed by tingling, numbness, mild ache or travelling warmth. Most people receive acupuncture treatment lying down, although a seated position is sometimes used. You will be guided in ways that help you to relax and receive the most benefit from treatment.

What Can I Expect With Acupuncture?

Most people are surprised at the depth of relaxation, the intensity of energy, and sense of well-being and healing that occurs from the re-balancing of one’s energy. Often relief from symptoms is felt immediately, although relief may occur in the following days (or weeks) depending on the severity of symptoms. You will find yourself looking forward to your treatments, recognizing the many benefits gained through acupuncture.

Many who have lived with their conditions for so many years believe they will just have to live with their pain, hoping that it will disappear someday. Acupuncture has succeeded in many cases where other treatments have not.


What Modalities are Available for Treatments?

  • Acupuncture – the application of hair-thin needles to specific points on the body. Only disposable needles are used.
  • Electrical Stimulation – sometimes points are gently stimulated using minute electrical charges to open energy-conducting pathways throughout the body.
  • Acupressure – using finger pressure rather than needles to promote circulation and relax muscles.
  • Herbal Medicine – these are effective in strengthening and regulating the flow of energy throughout the body.
  • Nutrition – important in restoring the balance within the body.
  • Exercise – important in increasing the body’s vitality, physical strength and motivation during healing.

Conditions Treated


Postoperative Pain
Stroke Residuals
Facial Pain


Menopause / Hot Flashes
Menstrual Cramps


Pain or weakening in: Neck, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, knees, legs, feet.
Backache or Back Pain
Muscle Cramping
Sprains and Strains
Sport Injuries
Disc Problems


Common Cold




Chronic Diarrhea

Eye, Ear, Nose

Poor Vision
Tired Eyes
Nervous Deafness

Other Benefits

Increased Vitality
Reduced Stress
Deep Relaxation
Skin Rejuvenation
Tobacco Addiction
Drug Addiction
Alcohol Addiction
Enhanced Athletic Performance
Enhanced Physical Functions
Pain Control
Stabilized Immune System
And many more!

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