Acupuncture is a therapeutic or healing modality of the traditional Chinese medical system developed thousands of years ago. Fine, sterile single use disposable needles are inserted and manipulated into various points on the body to relieve pain or to balance disturbances in the system.
Acupuncture treatments stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Acupuncture treats a wide range of conditions and health concerns. Some of the most well known conditions this powerful medicine aids in the treatment of is pain relief, integrated cancer therapy, fertility, smoking cessation and menopause.
It works by understanding the body as a network of pathways and how to regulate and balance those pathways. The pathways, called "meridians", circulate "qi" (energy) and blood in the body and link tissues and organs into an organic whole.
Acupuncture points are specific points where "qi", the energy, of the organs and meridians is transported to the body surface. The qi functions to nourish and construct the body, mind, and spirit by freely flowing throughout the body. When this free flow of qi is obstructed, one experiences pain and/or illness. Acupuncture promotes the free flow of qi as to achieve an optimal state of health and well-being.
*Additional modalities including cupping, moxibustion, electric stimulation therapy, auricular therapy, and herbal medicine may be used in conjunction to the acupuncture treatment plan as diagnostically appropriate.