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Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles through the skin at specific points to treat pain and illness and to improve overall health. Based on over 3000-year-old texts, which are the foundation of acupuncture, the practice has expanded to accommodate modern day imbalances. According to Chinese Medicine, qi (pronounced “chee”), which is defined as “circulating life energy,” moves through the body along meridians and collaterals. Pain and illness are the result of an improper flow of qi and blood through the body. The activation of the points by needles at the meridians works to rebalance and harmonize the body’s qi, either by moving stagnation, tonifying a deficiency, or clearing an excess.

During a treatment, the needles’ insertion points are determined by the patient’s symptoms, the overall condition of the patient, and a combination of various diagnostic methods. The sterilized needles are usually retained from 15 - 45 minutes and disposed of after each use. Most people find acupuncture painless but patients may occasionally experience numbness, tingling, or a heavy or slightly achy sensation. From the perspective of Western medicine, acupuncture works by regulating the nervous system. While the needles are inserted, endorphins are released into the bloodstream, which act as pain blockers, causing many patients to feel euphoric and relaxed afterwards. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and a minimum of six treatments are usually required before a patient experiences results.