Acupuncture is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Acupuncture originated in the Orient as a system of medicine with a clinical history of over 3000 years. Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through discrete channels or meridians which traverse the body and organs similar but not identical to the nervous and circulatory systems. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points along these pathways, which are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influences the health of the entire being.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own regulating system.

Treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly used technique. However, acupuncturists may utilize other forms of treatment such as moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), cupping (use of suction cups) and a variety of massage. They may also recommend dietary modifications, herbal prescriptions and specific therapeutic exercises.

Since acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing ability. Most conditions can be corrected or improved. Also, acupuncture is a comprehensive system of preventive health care and health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented and extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management or as an analgesic. Throughout its long history, acupuncture and herbal medicine have established a solid reputation as a system of health care that works and have been recognized by the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the FDA.

Throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as a system of health care that works.