Acupuncture is a non-invasive medical system that originated thousands of years ago in the far east. It involves the insertion of small needles into specific points on the body that lie along invisible tracts, or "meridians." According to traditional Chinese Medicine the body has a natural energy or life source called "Qi." Qi circulates freely through the meridians to maintain good physical, mental and emotional well being.
Physical trauma, emotional trauma and stress, diet, accidents and illness can affect the free flow of Qi. When Qi is blocked, deficient, or stagnant, pain and illness result.
How does it work?
No consensus exists regarding the mechanism of action. It likely exerts its therapeutic effects through the central nervous system and peripheral nerve endings throughout the body. Neural circuits can dysfunction for a variety of reasons. Acupuncture points correspond to accessible anatomical locations that communicate with the central nervous system, and by manipulating them, can reprogram neural pathways.
What Can I Expect?
Most patients experience no pain when the needles are inserted. Sessions typically last 15-30 minutes while the patient relaxes in a dark, quiet room. The number of treatments you will need is based on the specific condition being treated. On average a person may get a total of 8 to 12 treatments, once or twice a week. After that, maintenance treatments can be performed every few months.
Acupuncture is a natural drug free therapy, widely regarded as safe, with few side effects and extremely rare adverse events.
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