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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has flourished in China for over 2,500 years and is used widely throughout Europe, Asia, and America. Acupuncture has grown rapidly as western and oriental practitioners, researchers and the public experience it, integrate it in their health care, and spread its benefits.

Far more than a technique of inserting tiny threadlike needles along meridian lines of the body, acupuncture’s complex system of diagnosis considers the person as a whole, not just isolated symptoms. Acupuncture practice is based on discerning a “pattern of disharmony”

and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncturist use a number of different modalities to treat; certain physical therapies and equipment, herbal medicines, moxabustion (heat therapy), nutrition, and lifestyle.

Acupuncture strengthens the physical body, prevents disease, controls pain, and aids longevity. The aim is not limited to eliminating or alleviating symptoms. The larger purpose is to increase both the ability to function and quality of life.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture therapy utilizes natural laws and energetics with the application of needles to specific “points” on the body. These points are grouped along pathways or meridians that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is absent, deficient, interrupted, excessive, or blocked in an area, health is disrupted, resulting in an illness or pain. By stimulating appropriate acupunctures points along these meridians, the energy is released and regulated, and health is restored.

Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows that it releases endorphins from the brain which make acupuncture particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.