What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of Oriental Medicine which is an ancient system of healing developed over a period of thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan, India and other Eastern countries. The earliest records of acupuncture are over 3000 years old. There are more than 3 million practitioners in the world today.

Traditionally, acupuncture is based on the principle that our health is maintained by the balanced functioning of the body's energy. In the Orient this is known as Qi. When we are healthy, all the Qi (energy) is in harmony throughout the body.

When illness arises the harmony of our Qi flow is disturbed, manifesting into a broad array of symptoms. By using very fine needles, acupuncture releases and stimulates areas of blockage in certain areas, returning the body's balanced flow of Qi and bringing it back into harmony. By doing this the symptoms, and their cause, will be resolved.

Blocked Qi (energy) may relate to areas on the body as places which are tender to touch or palpation, particularly cold or warm, or are different colors. These signs help practitioners develop a diagnosis and point prescription in order to bring the body back into balance. Other techniques may be used such as Acupressure, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, and/or Tuina (Chinese massage) for those patients who prefer not to have needles.