Acupuncture is based on the theory of Qi. Qi is the vital substance that animates the human body and keeps all of its systems and organs functioning properly. Qi circulates in the body through a system of channels (the meridians) which connect internal organs and tissues. When Qi in the body is abundant and flowing freely, one thrives.
Conversely, illnesses arise when one’s Qi is depleted or obstructed. Very fine sterile stainless needles are inserted into the body at carefully selected points to stimulate the body’s own healing processes. By stimulating certain points (called acupoints) of the body surface where meridians reach, the flow of Qi and blood can be regulated, and diseases treated, with very few side effects.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair thin, and many patients don’t feel the insertion. However, patients respond differently. In some instance warmth, tingling, heaviness, or a feeling of the Qi moving up and down the channels may occur (these sensations are normal and signify the treatment is working). Many people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and sometimes fall asleep during treatment.