The theory and practice of acupuncture originates from oriental medicine. It is a complex and comprehensive form of medicine that has been used for thousands of years to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. It has also been used to increase ones vitality and longevity.
The general theory of acupuncture is that vibrant and thriving health depends on the proper circulation of an energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) through a network of “channels” or “meridians.” These networks connect every organ system and aspect of the mind-body-spirit as a whole.
When the proper flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked, pain and dis-ease can occur. This improper flow of Qi (life force) may be caused by many factors such as poor diet, environmental stressors, emotional and or physical stress, overwork, overthinking, toxicity, trauma and injuries to name a few.
An acupuncturist uses a system of diagnostic methods that are both sophisticated and complex while taking into consideration all aspects of the person in order to discover the main pattern or patterns of disharmony instead of just treating isolated symptoms. The acupuncturist stimulates acupuncture points by inserting very thin, sterile needles through the skin at very specific locations on the body. The stimulation of the appropriate acupuncture points helps to restore sufficient, continuous, and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, restoring health and balance to the body.
In addition to needling, acupuncture treatments may involve other modalities such as herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion(moxa), Gua Sha, diet and lifestyle counseling in order to achieve optimal results.