Acupuncture is of the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese for 2,000 years, and there are more that 1,000 known acupoints. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points. There are several different additional modalities that comprise TCM, such as cupping, moxibustion, and gua sha.
Acupuncture works by promoting and reestablishing the free flow of qi, which brings the body into harmony and balance. Qi is a concept that does not exist in the West. In the East, Qi is a fine, essential substance, which nourishes and constructs the body. It flows in our body through distinct channels that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body so that all areas of the body are abundant in qi and the qi is flowing smoothly throughout the body.
Acupuncture is one branch of Asian medicine, which works to balance the body’s energy, and it uses needles to do that.
Qi is the life force of the body and it moves in lines of energy called meridians or channels. When the energy is moving properly there is health and vitality. When it is not moving properly we get sickness and pain. The actual energy moves through the body like a snake, it has depth – it comes to the surface and goes deeper
Each point has it’s own characteristic, it can be used for pain, for heat, for cold.
Part of what we do when we put the needle in is calling the energy to that point. We are reminding the brain that we need some energy here and it has a job to do as far as the healing goes.
Usually the needles are left in for 15-20 minutes.