What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture  is a holistic form of medicine that treats nearly all forms of human illness.  It has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years.
Acupuncture involves inserting incredibly thin needles at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.  These points have been proven by modern medical testing.  According to Chinese medicine, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy in the body.  When it doesn’t flow well, obstructions occur that cause pain and illness.

Acupuncture helps restore normal functionality and balance amongst the different parts of the body.  Acupuncture allows the Qi to flow freely through the body, leading to greater vitality, energy and a feeling of well-being.  The flow of Qi enables the body to heal quicker, and Qi flows to areas of pain, while preventing illnesses and enhancing the immune system.  That free-flowing Qi decreases anxiety and augments the capacity for work, pleasure and creativity.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture has been proven to be very safe.  All practitioners use individually packaged sterile, disposable needles, so there is virtually no chance of infection. Acupuncture can be used whether or not you are taking medications.
What is Medical Acupuncture?
There are many types of acupuncture and different levels of training required. There is no one form of acupuncture. Each country, for example, has its own form of acupuncture. Not only are there many forms of acupuncture within China, there is European acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture and Korean acupuncture, just to name a few. Medical acupuncture grew from western doctors studying acupuncture rooted in Chinese medicine.
Medical Acupuncture describes acupuncture that is practiced by a medical doctor (i.e. a physician holding the M.D. title) who has been trained and licensed in western medicine, and who has completed a further specialized training in acupuncture. Those physicians must complete an intense academic and practical training before they can graduate from an acupuncture institute.