Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique consisting of the insertion of micro-thin needles into specific points along the body to heal it.
Acupuncture is one branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a complete medical system that originated in China. It has been around for over 3000 years. It is time tested and still around today because it works.
Acupuncture is the insertion of micro-thin needles into the body to help it heal itself. When you get an acupuncture treatment, it releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), increases circulation (to heal the area), boosts your immune system (releases histamines, prostaglandins and white blood cells), releases serotonin and noradrenaline (makes you feel happier and more focused), and balances the whole body. We look at and treat the whole body and don’t see it as separate, unrelated parts.
Everyone has heard of the circulatory system, the nervous system and the various systems in the body. Chinese medicine has an additional system in the body—the energetic system. This is what acupuncture works with. Energy or qi flows in this system. It flows along pathways or meridians that traverse the body. It is not the blood, lymph, or nerves, but is its own system.
Most of the meridians go up and down the body length wise, one other goes around the waist. Technically, the needles are inserted along the meridians at certain points called acupuncture points. These are points where the energy tends to gather and where the most effect can be obtained.