What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complex technique of Chinese Medicine that was developed thousands of years ago by Chinese physicians.  It involves the insertion of hair-thin, sterile, disposable stainless steel needles at specific points on the channels (or meridians) through which Qi (energy) flows.  Stimulating these points helps restore the normal flow of Qi in the body so the internal organs and the body systems can work together in harmony.


Why Should I Get Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, which is one technique of Chinese Medicine, can be used to treat hundreds of conditions.  

Here are some of the main things we address:

 

I Hear It's Safe?

Many people choose Acupuncture care because it is safe, drug-free, and makes you feel awesome.  Our patients tend to stay patients for life - they may come in for a specific problem, such as pain or insomnia, but once their problem has been taken care of, they keep coming back for Wellness Care, and for any future health concerns that arise.

Once you've had an Acu-Nap, you're going to want to keep coming back!

 

 

 
Painless Acupuncture; Photo By Dave Clark   

Painless Acupuncture; Photo By Dave Clark 

 

"I don't know what you did but the itchiness has stopped after one treatment.  I know acupuncture works .... but this fast result leaves me speechless.  Thank you for giving me relief after 3 months of itchy hell!"
-G.S., Los Angeles (Patient came in with Dermatitis of the Scalp)

Does It Hurt?

Not really!  Receiving an acupuncture treatment is nothing like getting a shot, or even having blood drawn.  We are trained to AVOID hitting the veins!  Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and flexible, not hollow like a hypodermic needle; most patients don't feel pain or discomfort.  What may be felt is a quick "insect bite" or a warm intensity - these sensations are the feeling of Qi coming to the surface.  Some patients don't feel the needles at all.  Occasionally, a needle can cause a brief "ouch!" but that sensation quickly dissipates within a few seconds.  If not, the acupuncturist will remove the needle immediately.  Each person's sensitivity to needles is different, since everyone's Qi is unique.  Once all the needles have been inserted, you will most likely fall into a meditative or nap-like state.  This is because Acupuncture stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system ("Rest & Digest").

Painless Acupuncture; Photo By Dave Clark, all rights reserved.

Painless Acupuncture; Photo By Dave Clark, all rights reserved.

Acupuncture 101

Here's a lovely piece on what you need to know about Acupuncture on MindBodyGreen