Acupuncture is a treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a holistic system of healing and prevention that dates back thousands of years. Fundamental to Chinese medicine is the concept of qi (pronounced “chee”) or life force energy that flows through meridians (a network of invisible channels) in the body. Proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness, while imbalances and blockages can cause illness or disease. Through the use of fine needles inserted into specific points along the body’s meridians, acupuncture seeks to restore balance, clearing blockages and re-establishing the flow of energy.
While hundreds of clinical studies have confirmed the benefits of acupuncture, it is still not entirely clear how it works. The effects are likely due to a number of processes that occur during the treatment, including changes in nervous system transmission, blood circulation, immune function, metabolic processes, and hormonal balance that provide relief from pain and improve overall health. The World Health Organization in 1979 and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 formally recognized acupuncture as a safe and effective healing modality for a range of health conditions.
Acupuncture can help with a wide variety of health concerns such as:
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual health
- Mood issues
- Substance abuse
- Pain conditions (back pain, neck pain, headache)
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Disclaimer: Please note that integrative treatments are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease and is not a substitute for medical care. Please consult an appropriate health care practitioner about any medical concerns that you have.