- What is acupuncture
- How acupuncture works
- Benefits of Acupuncture
- Precautions with acupuncture
- Types of acupuncture
- Acupuncture points
Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body.
The technique of acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles in various pressure points (called acupoints) throughout the body. Approximately 2,000 different acupuncture points lie along the body’s meridians. Stimulating these points is believed to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities and enhance its function.
Acupuncture treatment is said to work by regulating a flow of energy in the body called qi, or chi, a central tenet to TCM. Disruptions in the flow of qi are thought to be responsible for all disease. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing the qi. The qi travels through channels called meridians.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
If you choose to have acupuncture, make sure that your acupuncturist is fully qualified and practices the treatment under safe and hygienic conditions.