Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical therapy. It is one of the most researched medical disciplines to date; acupuncture points have been mapped on the body by the Chinese for over 2,000 years! Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of thin, sterile, nontoxic needles into the surface of the skin to stimulate/treat specific points and organ systems. The insertion of the needles, which can range in sensation from mild to unnoticed, helps to restore balance in the body by enhancing energy flow and encouraging balance among organ systems. Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the organs, and nervous system communication between the brain and the rest of the body.
Most patients who experience acupuncture get a sense of calm and wellbeing as acupuncture tends to cause a release of endorphins in the brain. While acupuncture can be used for many health conditions and especially for prevention of disease, it is well known for use in the Western world for conditions such as insomnia, arthritis, tendonitis, PMS, fatigue, asthma, allergies, menopause, infertility, pain, indigestion, depression and anxiety. According to the World Health Organization, many common acute and chronic health disorders lend themselves to acupuncture treatment.