What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a science and an art that originated in China and has been practiced for about 5,000 years. Acupuncture is an essential component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes Acupuncture, Herbology bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on TCM principles. These therapies work with the natural vital energy within all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself. The procedure consists of diagnosis and treatment. It has been proven to be effective in curing and relieving many acute and chronic disorders, as well as maintaining health.
How Does it Work?
The Qi or vital energy circulates throughout the body along pathways called meridians (or channels). There are 12 main meridians each pertaining to a specific internal organ supplying it with Qi. When Qi flows freely and in abundance the body is in a state of health and exhibits good circulation. The lack of Qi, or stagnant Qi, gives rise to disease, thereby causing disharmony and imbalance of the organs. By the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles into specific points along the path of the meridians, the flow of Qi is either stimulated or dispersed. Thus the flow of vital energy is restored and the body with its inherent power for regeneration heals itself. Each treatment is individualized and tailored to meet the patients' needs, thus making acupuncture truly a "Healing Art".
What Can I Expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly with acupuncture and TCM. However, some conditions, which have arisen over the course of years, will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As with any form of healing, the patients attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Pre-sterilized, disposable, stainless steel needles are used, thereby eliminating the risk of infection.
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