Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of sterile, very thin, single use acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body.
Acupuncture points are places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. The needles are inserted to various depths for therapeutic benefits, including pain relief, alleviation from nausea, decreasing inflammation, and increasing energy flow, which is referred to as your chi.
There are many conditions to which acupuncture is found to be very effective in treating, such as any musculoskeletal or neurological condition. People with tension headaches and/or migraines may find acupuncture to be very effective in alleviating their symptoms.
Acupuncture treatment can also help with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It can also relieve debilitating symptoms from cancer treatments such as a severe dry mouth – among patients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer, and nausea from chemotherapy.
The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health and overall well-being. The stimulation from the needle increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body’s natural painkillers.