Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical systems, dating back thousands of years to ancient China. Traditionally, acupuncture was used as a preventative medicine to correct imbalances before they became serious diseases. It is still used today by one third of the world as a primary health care system due to its time tested effectiveness and simplicity.
Acupuncture is a unique form of treatment that assists the body’s natural healing abilities by balancing Qi, the vital energy that moves from one organ to another along pathways called channels. Too much or too little energy in a pathway creates imbalance that may lead to physical or emotional disturbances. The practitioner is trained to assess where the channels of energy are blocked and to open them so that energy may flow smoothly.
Acupuncture is a natural form of healing that most people associate with pain relief. However, the World Health Organization also recognizes acupuncture for use in treating a wide variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, insomnia, stress, chronic diseases, cold and flu, respiratory conditions, high blood pressure, postoperative pain, digestive dysregulation, fertility, menstrual, pregnancy and menopausal issues.
For infants and children, acupuncture needles are not used. Instead, various techniques, such as massage and acupressure, are used to restore balance.