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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. It involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.

What does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat any disease of the body internally and externally. Below is a non-comprehensive list of just a few of the many diseases treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • Pain in any area of the body, internal or external.
  • Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disease.
  • Headaches, including tension and migraine headaches.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Women’s Health
  • Men’s Health
  • Anxiety, depression or emotional imbalances.
  • Digestive diseases and discomfort.
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders.

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