acu.png Acupuncture is a traditional health care modality that has flourished in Korea and China for more than 3,000 years. Acupuncture has grown significantly in the United States as medical doctors, oriental health care providers, medical researchers and the public apply in their health care and spread its benefits.  

The classical explanation for how Acupuncture works is based on ancient Eastern theories of the flow of qi. Qi is energy which circulates within the body.  It is the animating force that provides you with the ability to talk, walk, think, metabolize, dream, and love. Qi also protects you from illness, pain and discomfort, keeping you strong and healthy. Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians.  Like a river, it floats back and forth to transport and nourishes every cell, organ, and tissue in your body. 

Physical or emotional strain, trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, excessive activity, or weakness can all lead to blockages of qi.  If qi is disturbed and your body cannot regain to balance and health sooner, this disruption or imbalance of qi can make the body weakness, ill, painful or even let disease settle in. 

In order to restrain qi, an acupuncturist would place a sterilized, disposable needle at specific outpoints along the meridian pathways. The safe and painless needle insertion of the needle unblocks the damaging or obstruction of your meridians.  Releasing this blockage allows qi to freely circulate, thus eliminating pain and restoring the body’s ability to heal by itself. 

Far more than inserting tiny threadlike needles along meridians of the body, acupuncture’s system of diagnosis considers a patient’s symptoms as a whole, not just individual. Acupuncture is practiced based upon distinguishing a pattern of disharmony and treating accordingly. Many acupuncturists use a number of modalities like cupping, electro-stimulation, herbal decoction and moxibustion.  

Acupuncture is used to strengthen physical body, prevent disease, control pain and achieve longevity. The aim of acupuncture is not limited to relieving or getting rid of symptoms, but to increase both the quality of life and ability to function.