What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the ancient medical art of healing. During the acupuncture treatment, fine needles are inserted into specific meridian points on the body to treat diseases and relieve pain. It works by increasing the body’s energy (Qi) and promoting a balanced flow of energy through the whole body, thus improving the patient’s physical strength and mental soundness.


How Does Acupuncture Work?

According to classical Chinese philosophy, there are energy channels (meridians) running through the human body like rivers, providing life essentials, defensive and nutritious energy (Qi) to the human body. Over time, due to aging or unexpected injuries, the energy flowing through our meridian systems may get weak, blocked, or over-active and manifest itself as a variety of unpleasant symptoms and diseases including fatigue, pain, insomnia, and cancer. By inserting needles into some particular meridian points, we can unblock the obstruction, balance the distorted status, and revive the stagnant energy flow. Acupuncture treatment can therefore help the body recover from pain, promote the synergy of our internal organ systems, and regain vitality. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s beneficial effects on multiple organ systems. By needling the body’s various meridian points, acupuncture can stimulate the human body to release neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain, spinal cord, and muscles, which could in turn relieve pain or exert influence on the body’s self healing process.


What Is the Difference Between Medical Acupuncture and Ordinary Acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a physician trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. With a Physician Acupuncturist, a decision is typically made during the first few visits to determine what is the best treatment option for a particular problem. This could either be a purely western or eastern approach or a combination of both. The integration of contemporary medical knowledge and acupuncture skills provides physician acupuncturist a unique view to ensure correct diagnosis, comprehensive treatment, and the physical and emotional well-being of the patient.