What is Acupuncture?

As an acupuncturist I get this question a lot. I will tell you a little bit about what I have learned and know to be true about acupuncture. I hope this will inspire you to check it out and experience all the benefits from this wonderful medicine.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that originated in China 3,000+ years ago. Chinese Medicine views the mind, body, and soul as one and treats illness, or disharmony, in the body on an individual basis. The goal of acupuncture is to balance the body by stimulating the acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are located on meridians, invisible lines of energy, that run along the body. The energy or life force in the body is commonly referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”). When there is a block in the flow of Qi and excess or deficient Qi in the meridian, disharmony will occur. This could show up in the form of pain, mental/emotional stress, digestive issues, illness, or disease. To correct the flow of Qi, acupoints are stimulated by inserting very thin, sterile needles, into the skin at the specific acupoint location. When Qi flows properly in the channel, healing will occur.

Acupuncture can be used to help treat many things. The most common are….

  • pain
  • allergies
  • common cold
  • digestive issues
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • insomnia
  • menstrual issues

Acupuncture can be hugely helpful in staying healthy, healing, and preventing illness. In this day in age when stress is glorified, vacations are few and far between, and toxins are in the air, hiding in our water, and sprayed all over our food, we have to put extra effort towards staying healthy. Acupuncture is a great way to help build a strong immune system, calm the nervous system, and reduce inflammation.

In addition to acupuncture, Chinese Medicine utilizes other healing modalities like Tui Na (chinese massage), moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, chinese herbs, and nutrition. I love incorporating all of these into my practice. I think it is important to set small goals towards lifestyle changes that will contribute to healing and living a healthier life physically and mentally. Change is really hard. I firmly believe that small steps are the only way we start our journey to improving our lives and healing our mind and body.