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.
Acupuncture is part of an age-old practice of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Traditional Oriental Medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health. Scientists say the needles cause the body to release endorphins -- natural painkillers -- and may boost blood flow and change brain activity.
Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for a variety of conditions.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin, and most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted. They often say they feel energized or relaxed after the treatment. However, the needles can cause temporary soreness.
Moxa is a form of heat therapy that consists of burning the herb on acupuncture needles. It helps to warm areas of the body with the intention of relieving pain, improving digestion, stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow.
Infrared heat and red light therapy can improve the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body, promoting faster healing of deep tissues and relieving pain. Infrared heat and red light therapy works hand in hand with both acupuncture and cupping to increase circulation and flush away unwanted toxins from the area.
Electro-Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Electro-acupuncture can restore health and well-being, and is particularly good for treating pain.
Auricular Acupuncture is a type of acupuncture that involves inserting needles into specific points on the ear. Stimulating these points is thought to promote healing in other areas of the body.
Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.