Acupuncture is a form of health care that promotes the body’s natural healing process. It involves the placement of small, sterile, single-use needles just below the surface of the skin at specific points on the body. Painless and relaxing, the needles are placed at various depths to alleviate specific ailments and restore proper balance to the body.
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine, a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option with a statement documenting the procedure's safety and efficacy for treating a range of health conditions. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, while evidence indicated it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more.
At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force or energy, known as qi ("chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Achieving the proper flow of qi promotes health and wellness. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which vital energy, namely qi runs. Qi flow is disrupted due to trauma, poor diet, environmental toxins or mental and emotional difficulty. To restore balance, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. Chinese medicine, which encompasses acupuncture, chinese herbs, chinese massage, eastern nutrition and Qi gong, help to restore imbalances by promoting the body's natural ability to heal itself.
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