Did you know that:
- More than 8 million Americans have used acupuncture
- Growing numbers have sought out acupuncturists for chronic pain and health problems when conventional medicine either hasn’t worked or has no answers
- The NIH (National Institute of health) and WHO (World Health Organization) have both given formal approval of certain uses of acupuncture
- Medical doctors refer their patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider
- 51% of medical doctors believe acupuncture to be efficacious and of value
Oriental Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continuously practiced medicine in the world and is used by over one quarter of the world’s population as a primary health care system. TCM is comprised of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, body work such as tui na and meditation.
Oriental medicine works by reestablishing balance and harmony within the body. Oriental medicine explains that human beings have a natural flow of energy (Qi, pronounced chee) through the body, which can become blocked or imbalanced, thus producing pain and disease. Blockages and imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors including influences outside of the body (i.e. bacteria, contagious disease, trauma, repetitive strain, injury, etc.), lifestyle (improper diet, not enough/too much exercise, over work), and emotional issues (stress, anxiety, grief, anger, etc.).
What is Acupuncture?
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The technique that has been most studied scientifically involves the insertion of very thin, hair-like needles into the body at specific points along distinct channels of energy (called meridians) that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal discomfort when the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment while others feel relaxed.