Acupuncture is one modality within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a holistic system of medicine that originated in ancient China over 2,000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses Acupuncture, massage therapy (Tui Na), herbal medicine, Feng Shui (the art of placement), internal arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gong) and dietary therapy.
Acupuncture is based on the concept of interconnected energetic pathways called meridians that traverse the body and through which qi, blood, and fluids flow. These meridians connect both internally and energetically with the internal organs, and it is through the stimulation of point found at very precise anatomical locations along these pathways that acupuncture helps to restore the body to balance. Acupuncture is based on the premise that the body is a powerful and intelligent system that is capable of healing itself.
When illness, injury, trauma, or emotional upset disrupt the energetic flow of the meridian system, acupuncture can act as a catalyst to unblock stagnation and rectify imbalances. Instead of merely treating the symptoms, the resulting manifestations of an imbalance, acupuncture aims to address the root causes of illness. The beauty of Chinese Medicine lies in its emphasis on the individual. TCM diagnosis and treatments are based upon the differentiation of the internal patterns of imbalance unique to that person.
I use sterilized one-time use disposable needles that are as thin as a hair. These needles are inserted to a depth of a few millimeters, just below the surface of the skin. Once the needles are in, most patients enter a deep state of relaxation and may even fall asleep. You may notice that your body feels lighter or you may experience a soothing rush of warmth or a cooling sensation move through your body, or maybe some achiness too. These are the effects of your energy pathways being stimulated.