Traditional Chinese Acupuncture was discovered 5000 years ago in China and encompasses 14 meridians or pathways that carry energy throughout the body. As energy becomes blocked in certain meridians, due to stress, anxiety, anger, sickness, toxins, or injury, imbalances occur. One feels pain, fatigue, headaches or just a feeling of being unwell. Tiny, sterilized acupuncture needles are gently and strategically inserted just below the skin at different acupuncture points along these affected meridians to gently remove the blockages, encourage blood flow, and re-establish the proper flow of ‘chi’ or energy. It is an Acupuncturist’s job to help guide your body towards unleashing the innate healing power from within you. If performed correctly, Acupuncture does not hurt and is completely safe with no side effects. Single use disposable needles are used, and they are thinner than a strand of hair.
In Western Medicine, the minute an acupuncture needle is inserted into a ‘vortex of energy'(acupuncture point), the central nervous system is positively affected, and a message is sent to pain receptors in the brain. The brain ‘wakes up’ and releases a chemical called endorphin. Endorphins not only reduce pain, but also increase energy, boost the immune system, affect hormone levels and relax the body. They are a happy chemical! Studies show that Acupuncture re-establishes the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) allowing the body to rest and re-set.
Acupuncture is more than just physical healing of pain or disease. It also encompasses the emotional and spiritual bodies. Traditional Chinese Medicine was in the beginning, intertwined with wisdom. It was a holistic approach to medicine believing in the mind-body connection. TCM Acupuncture utilized all aspects of wisdom, combining healing on many aspects from spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional.