Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that utilizes very thin metallic needles to balance the body’s internal energy or qi (chee) It works by stimulating the autonomic nervous system, which governs the healing and regeneration of every living cell in the body. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the brain’s pain-stopping hormones. Acupuncture can increase blood circulation, relax muscle spasms, reduce pain and stimulate nerve activity. Needles are used to direct the flow of the body’s energy (“Qi”) so that blockage, excess, or deficiency may be balanced, and health restored.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable. In the hands of a licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured.
What is Qi?
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy “Qi” (pronounced chee). Qi is the energy that fuels all biological, mental, and emotional processes in the body. The term “Qi” not only refers to the energy that fuels all physiological functions, it refers to the essential intelligence that underlies and directs these functions.
In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, Chinese medical practitioners discovered that Qi flows along specific pathways called channels. Along each channel, there are acupuncture points where the Qi can be accessed. Each channel is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease arises due to a deficiency, excess, or imbalance of Qi in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.