WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Developed over 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is a medical treatment that involves the gentle insertion of disposable, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points of the body. One of the goals of acupuncture is to balance qi and have it flow freely throughout the body's meridians.
Qi, or vital energy, exists in all living things. We gather this vital energy from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and from our own body. Meridians, like rivers inside the body, carry this vital energy to specific organs and glands. The acupuncture points are specific locations where these meridians come to the skin's surface.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
WHAT DO THE NEEDLES LOOK LIKE?
The needles are disposable, sterile, and stainless steel. The width ranges anywhere from .14mm to .30mm and the length ranges from 15mm (.5 inch) to 75mm (3 inches). Needle gauge and length is determined by both the appropriateness of the disease as well as the physical makeup of the patient.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
According to the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been proved – through clinical trials – to be an effective treatment for the following:
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture's therapeutic effect has been shown but further research is needed include:
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
There are five popular theories to explain how acupuncture works.
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