Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique that has been practiced in China for more than 2000 years. As we all know, we are made of energy and electrical currents. In Chinese Medicine we call this energy qi. Qi flows through the body along fourteen main pathways, called meridians, and its harmonious movement rely on the balance of yin and yang energies in the body. When yin and yang are in harmony, qi flows freely, and a person is healthy. When there is an obstruction of qi along one of the meridians, or an imbalance of yin and yang, a person is sick, diseased, or suffering from injury.
By inserting very fine needles, about the width of a hair, at particular points on the body, an acupuncture practitioner is able to re-balance the opposing energies of yin and yang and clear qi blockages, thereby allowing the patient to return to optimum health.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes, and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment. Some other modalities used in our acupuncture practice are:
- Gua Sha
- Herbal Formulas
- Pulse Diagnosis