What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points.

How does it work?

Energy channels, called meridians, run through the body and over its surface. They are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

How is medical acupuncture different from ordinary acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice.

What to expect:

Your exam. On your first session you will have an electrodermal exam to determine what meridians need to be treated. This will take 5-10 minutes, and is completely painless.

Your first treatment. You will likely remain clothed, though sometimes clothing needs to be moved. Wear a shirt and pants that are looser fitting that can be rolled up to gain access to knees and elbows. You will have needles in your skin for 20-30 minutes. Most people report they feel very relaxed, and often sleep through the treatment.

Go for several treatments. For some people, it can take several treatments to start to notice the changes in their body, and for some, the effects are immediate.

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