The focus of acupuncture is not only to treat a symptom or condition but also to balance the person to enable the person’s own body to heal. Hair-fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points along meridians which are energy channels throughout the body. Any ailments to the body, such as disease, chronic pain, anxiety, stress, infertility and many other conditions manifest themselves in the body due to an imbalance of energy called “Qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) which courses through the meridians, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A recent study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has provided the most rigorous evidence to date that acupuncture may be helpful for chronic pain. The study provides robust evidence of the effects of acupuncture on pain management. The modern scientific theory behind acupuncture’s effectiveness is that the needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which may influence the body’s own regulatory system. The acupuncture needle does not pierce tissue; it only separates it. The result is little to no pain and bleeding. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:
Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.