What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most widely researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine in the U.S.
There are a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body to stimulate and improve your Qi (chi) flow, or life force. Qi moves through distinct meridians or channels that run along the pathways of nerves and blood vessels. Stimulation of the acupuncture points promotes the smooth flow of qi through the meridian system. This activates the body’s own self-regulating system to correct imbalances, and thereby reestablishes and maintains health and wellbeing to enhance immunity, improve overall health, and optimize vitality.
The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain relief
- Mind and body relaxation
- Stress reduction
- Improved blood circulation
- Enhanced energy
- Digestive health support
- Addiction recovery
- Greater sense of overall well-being
See Conditions Treated for a more comprehensive list of medical afflictions that benefit from acupuncture.