Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been practiced for thousands of years. America’s recognition of acupuncture occurred in 1972 during the presidency of Richard Nixon, when a New York Times journalist, James Reston was in China and had an emergency appendectomy using acupuncture as the anesthetic. The French sparked interest in acupuncture with the works of Dr. Nogier, whose researc from 1951 to 1996 resulted in major breakthroughs of ear acupuncture in the treatment of addictions.
The basis of TCM and acupuncture is founded on the belief that the whole person is an energy system and the body and mind are not just connected but actually one. Rather than just treating the symptom, TCM focuses on treating the body as a complete energy system. Effective treatment results after a thorough consultation along with tongue and pulse diagnosis. Diagnosis determines which acupuncture points will be used.
In TCM, Qi, (chee), is the basic foundation and vital energy which flows through our body on channels called meridians which interconnect all our major organs. When the flow of qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked, the result will be illness and/or pain.
Super fine acupuncture needles are used on specific points on the body within the meridian systems to remove blockages of the qi or vital energy, which opens up the flow for healing. In western medicine terms, acupuncture has the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions to treat a variety of illnesses and achieve the desired effect.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which stimulates the immune system.
Acupuncture is also used as a preventative medicine to promote health, energy and vitality. One of the most important concepts of Chinese medicine is that of natural balance.
Acupuncture does not hurt. The needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. A mild sensation of tingling, numbness, traveling warmth or heaviness may occur after insertion of a needle. The needles are left in place for approximately twenty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and may even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing.