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Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing. Originating in China over 3,500 years ago, the practice of acupuncture has helped billions of people, but first became popular in the United States in the 1970’s.
Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that there are thousands of acupuncture points which are connected by 12 main pathways—called meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) throughout your entire body
Metaphorically speaking, acupuncture points represent keyholes on doors which open into corridors (meridians) of energy transmission throughout the body. Because of illness and/or injury, some doors can become locked, impeding the free flow of energy. This causes an energetic traffic jam resulting in localized pain and disrupting other areas of body function. When these blocks are removed with acupuncture, energy can travel freely. Acupuncture is the key to unlock these doors, allowing energy to flow smoothly. An acupuncture treatment begins with a thorough health history. Due to the holistic nature of Chinese medicine, the health history and state of all the body systems is very important. Your acupuncturist will look at your tongue and take your pulse to determine your Chinese medicine diagnosis. Based on this diagnosis, specific acupuncture points will be selected for treatment.
The World Health Organization has indicated that acupuncture is an effective treatment for many types of pain. Not only is acupuncture virtually painless and relatively non-invasive, it is also relaxing, enjoyable, safe and effective in treating an impressive variety of conditions.