Acupuncture is a holistic healing modality that restores optimum functioning and balance by promoting and enhancing the body’s vast natural healing capabilities. Acupuncture works directly with “Qi”, the vital energy or bioelectricity that circulates within the body in a system of pathways called Meridians. Qi nourishes as well as facilitates all physiological functions throughout the body as it interfaces directly with the internal organs and each of the biological systems. Health and wellbeing is dependent on the harmonious flow of Qi; while pain, illness and states of disease are considered to be caused by irregularities in the flow of this dynamic system. Similar to the Western medical understanding of homeostasis, acupuncture and Oriental medicine observes health as a capacity for maintaining an inner state of equilibrium within the constant flux of change.

Acupuncture therapy is a highly adaptable discipline with the potential to address many issues related to pain and disease. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regard acupuncture as being a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Acupuncture is done by the skillful insertion of very thin needles into points along the meridian pathways to restore the balance of Qi. The system of acupuncture works by:

  • Promoting systemic blood and lymphatic flow
  • Engaging the body’s immune healing mechanisms
  • Releasing natural endorphins and painkillers
  • Reducing both the intensity and perception of chronic pain
  • Stimulating tissue regeneration and healing
  • Alleviating distressing symptoms of stress related syndromes

Upon insertion, some people may feel a mild sensation while others may experience no sensation at all. During the acupuncture treatment, many often experience a feeling of deep relaxation and a greater sense of wellbeing. The recommended number of treatments varies depending on multiple factors. A typical course of treatment is 10-12 visits, and most will experience some positive therapeutic benefits within the first or second treatment.