Traditional Chinese medicine is a complete system which has been used for more than 3,000 years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems.
Acupuncture is one of traditional Chinese medicine most important treatment modalities. While science has recently determined that human beings are complex bioelectric systems, this understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for thousands of years.
Energy circulates throughout the body along well defined pathways or meridians. Points on the skin along these pathways are energentically connected to specific organs, body structures, and functional systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimal function is effected, resulting in pain or illness. When needled, acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which in turn influences the health of the entire being.
Acupuncture needles are quite thin- about the size of a hair. They are solid, and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, needle insertion techniques have been refined, enabling the skilled practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation. During treatment, various sensations, such as warmth or pressure may be felt, but these sensations should not be painful.
In some cases it is not necessary to use needles at all. For example, when treating young children, infants, or sensitive adults, there are other effective techniques such as moxibustion, cupping and tui na, a type of massage. If you have a real fear of needles, discuss it with your acupuncturist. ;