Acupuncture is an ancient healing art with modern applications.
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2,000 years under the philosophy that all disease stems from an “imbalance of energy.” An imbalance of energy is simply another way to describe disruption of equilibrium. Factors such as stress, poor nutrition, poor sleep, weather, genetics, infections, environmental toxins, lack of community, and trauma can disrupt this equilibrium. Though acupuncture is best known for pain relief, the focus of a treatment always includes overall well-being.
Using sterile, stainless steel needles, acupuncture is one way to regulate imbalance. When the body functions correctly, symptoms improve and an overall sense of wellness results. The experience of acupuncture should be pleasant; the majority of patients fall asleep once the points are placed. In other words, it doesn’t hurt!
Acupuncture is one of the most studied forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and can play an important role in a comprehensive approach to health and healing. Many high-quality randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) have proven acupuncture’s effectiveness for many common conditions, including back pain, menopausal hot flashes, migraine, tension-type headache, chronic daily headache, infertility, and labor induction.