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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This is a system of
healing that dates back thousands of years. TCM believes that a type of life force, or energy, known
as Qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through channels in the body called meridians. Each meridian
connects to one specific organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. The Qi,
in turn, depends on a balance of the two opposing energies of yin (negative, dark, feminine) and yang
(positive, bright, masculine). Illness results when too little or too much Qi exists in a meridian or
when the Qi stagnates or is blocked. Stimulating certain points with fine needles can balance and
restore the flow of Qi.
Western researchers have found that the Acupuncture points correspond to points on the skin that
have less electrical resistance than other skin areas. There is some evidence that stimulation of the
skin can affect internal organs by means of nerve reflex pathways (autonomic nervous system). One
theory is that Acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain-reliving chemicals called endorphins.
Another theory is that it stimulates the pituitary gland, which in turn stimulates the adrenal gland to
release anti-inflammatory chemicals.
What Happens During an Acupuncture Treatment?
Most practitioners of Acupuncture perform a partial physical examination during each visit. This
includes extensive pulse taking, tongue observation, and feeling of the abdomen. They also will take a
detailed medical history including nutrition habits, lifestyle and other environmental factors. After
conducting the overall health evaluation, the Acupuncturist will ask you to lie down on a padded
table. He or she will then insert the needles into your body at specific points (acupoints), including
the ear and head. After insertion, the needles may be manipulated man