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What is Acupuncture?
Based on traditional East Asian theories, the practice of acupuncture is one of the oldest established forms of health care in the world. By definition, acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-fine, filiform sterile stainless steel needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi or vital energy.
Acupuncture serves to normalize physiological function, treat certain diseases and dysfunctions of the body, prevent or modify the perception of pain, and promote general health and well-being. Treatment may or may not include palpation of specific points on the body and may include the application of low-level electric current or heat to the needles or skin or both.
History of Acupuncture- British Acupuncture Council
What Health Conditions can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture Treatments are Safe and Have Very Few Side Effects
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade” and recommends Health Insurers “Increase coverage for other treatments to reduce pain.”
One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is generally substantially lower than that of allopathic drugs or other medical procedures used for the same conditions.
Practiced for over 2,500 years, acupuncture has historically been regarded as safe and effective. Acupuncturists use ultra-thin needles to balance and increase energy and to stimulate the nervous system. This releases brain chemicals that allow for feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Studies in Europe and Japan
showed that less than 0.2% of all individuals treated with acupuncture experienced adverse effects.
Licensed Acupuncturists' extensive training focuses on East Asian systems of physiology and treatment of pathology, along with a sound background in western science. Learning the traditional East Asian systems of theory, diagnosis, and treatment includes several thousand hours of classroom time and supervised practice in a clinical setting. For more information, please see