Brief Overview of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine which dates back
to Asian cultures at least two to three thousand years. There is little information available as to the origins of acupuncture because it predates written history. Acupuncture uses the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the
body in order to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Acupuncture is based on a concept called Qi (or chi, or ki), which means "vital energy" or "life force." Qi flows through the body
through "channels" or "meridians". The points where the needles are inserted are points where the Qi can be accessed.
The flow of Qi through the body can become imbalanced: it can become deficient or excessive or obstructed. Stimulating the Qi
at appropriate acupuncture points will balance the flow of Qi and help resolve symptoms of disease or injury and promote health and
The needle insertion is generally completely painless, though occasionally a slight sting
(like a mosquito bite) is felt. Once the needles are inserted, with soft music playing in the background,
patients generally drift into deep relaxation during their treatment.
From Dr. Andrew Weil, MD; Editor of
"Many aspects of TCM [Traditional Chinese
Medicine] appeal to me. It
emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit and considers the
influence of the natural world on health.
Its diagnostic methods, which rely only on the practitioner’s
five senses, may detect subtle signs of illness that even high-tech tests
may miss. Treatment is very
individualized. And TCM
places a strong emphasis on preventive self-care and attention to
--Dr. Andrew Weil
What to Expect
Because acupuncture treatment balances and enhances the flow of
Qi, which is the life force that pervades all levels of human being, it has positive effects that can be experienced physically, mentally,
emotionally, and spiritually. Typically what brings a person to acupuncture treatment is some physical discomfort (pain or illness).
Acupuncture treatment is very helpful for physical problems. As the Qi improves and becomes more balanced, physical symptoms of
imbalance decrease and resolve.
Additionally, however, improvement in the flow of Qi also manifests as greater mental clarity and functioning, smoother, more resilient
emotional well-being, and even greater spiritual well-being (which can manifest as greater clarity regarding one’s purpose in life and
ways to best pursue that purpose, greater insight, and a greater sense of personal
If you are dealing with some type of discomfort or distress, or if you would simply like to feel better than you already do in
any of the areas listed above, consider acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture for Children
Children respond extremely well to acupuncture treatment, and can receive acupuncture treatment without needles. If
you have concerns regarding your child’s health and well-being, please call for more information.
(See Acupuncture for Children section for more details.)