Acupuncture Services

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Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It is based on the concept of balancing the flow of energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee"), through pathways called meridians.

Acupuncture has a history of over 2,500 years and is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world. It originated in ancient China and has been practiced continuously since then. • Principles: Acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, health is believed to depend on the balanced flow of qi through the body's meridians. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of qi, it can lead to illness or pain.

Key points about Acupuncture

Meridians and Points: The meridians are channels or pathways through which qi flows. There are 12 main meridians in the body, each associated with specific organs and functions. Along these meridians are hundreds of acupuncture points. These points are believed to be where the qi can be accessed and influenced.

Needles: Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. The needles are typically made of stainless steel and are very fine, ranging from 0.12 to 0.35 millimeters in diameter. The depth of insertion and the angle of insertion vary depending on the point being targeted and the condition being treated.

Techniques: Acupuncture techniques can vary depending on the practitioner's training and the specific condition being treated. Some common techniques include manual manipulation of the needles (such as twirling or lifting), applying heat or electrical stimulation to the needles (known as electroacupuncture), and moxibustion (burning an herb called moxa near the acupuncture points).

Conditions Treated: Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, both physical and emotional. It is commonly used for pain management, such as back pain, migraines, osteoarthritis, and menstrual cramps. It is also used for various other conditions including digestive disorders, respiratory issues, insomnia, stress, anxiety, and infertility. It is important to note that while acupuncture can be beneficial, it should not be seen as a substitute for conventional medical care in certain cases.

Safety and Effectiveness: Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner using sterile needles. Side effects are rare but can include minor bruising, soreness, or bleeding at the needle insertion site. Serious complications are extremely rare.