Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine involving the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. It is based on the belief that living being have vital energy called “Qi” that circulates through twelve energy lines known as “meridians” on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. It is believed that imbalance in the flow of qi throughout the meridian is how disease, disorder and dysfunction occurs. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points along the meridian lines to influence the restoration of balance to the flow of qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body.
Acupuncture has been effectively used for the treatment of back pain, headache, migraine and sports injuries. However, acupuncture provides more than pain relief. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, menstrual problems, weight control, infertility and much more. All of these therapeutic effects can lead to relaxation, pain reduction, reduced muscle fatigue recovery time, improved mood and concentration, restful sleep and improved immune function.