Updated: Feb 14
Acupuncture has been around for a LONG time - somewhere around 3000 years. You've probably seen it in movies, heard about it from your friend or family member, or maybe you even tried it yourself.
Acupuncture is not scary! It is a safe and careful treatment provided by a professional.
“Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation”. -- Johns Hopkins Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways. The acupuncturist applies acupuncture to certain points. This then helps improve the Qi (pronounced “chee”) and flow of energy. This leads us to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for ages. This branch of medicine utilizes acupuncture to improve the flow of Qi . It is believed that blocks in the flow of energy lead to disease. So acupuncture helps remove these blocks.
Now you might be wondering… What do I get out of acupuncture? What are the benefits? Let me tell you!
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This in turn releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
The National Institute of Health has demonstrated in studies that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with other conventional therapies to treat:
Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
Dental pain after surgery