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Acupuncture Description and Uses

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world.  The term describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques.  As part of Traditional Oriental Medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the symptoms of disease are the result of an imbalance of energies in the body.  Treatment focuses on restoring and maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit.

The power of acupuncture and herbal medicine is its dedication to treating both the symptoms of disease and the underlying disharmony causing those symptoms.  In TCM, this unique method of treatment is known as “root-branch” treatment.  The general purpose of acupuncture is to activate the vital energy, or “qi” of the body.  Common treatment strategies include the dispersing of stagnant or “stuck qi” and blood, harmonizing imbalanced qi, creating a better environment for the production of qi, and drawing more qi and blood to the affected area.

During treatment, a patient sits or lies down comfortably while a series of very thin, single-use, sterile needles are inserted into specific active treatment sites on the body, known as meridians.  The practitioner manipulates each needle until a sensation known as “de qi” (or “the arrival of qi”) is felt by patient, practitioner, or both.  De qi is generally described as a pleasant tingling, or as a heavy or distending sensation.  De qi is important because it indicates that the qi has been correctly stimulated by the needle.

Needles are generally retained for 15-20 minutes, depending on the specific treatment strategy.  At the end of the treatment, needles are removed and discarded safely.