Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the skin in order to induce a therapeutic effect. Needles are inserted at specific spots called acupuncture points, after which they are often retained for a short while and then removed. Although there are a diversity of sensations associated with receiving acupuncture, many people find it painless. The effectiveness of acupuncture is not only anecdotal and historical, it has now been demonstrated by many years of modern research.
One of the basic tenets of acupuncture is, “Where there is blockage, there is pain.” This can be understood as inhibited blood flow, stagnant lymph flow, improper nerve communication, or, in the vocabulary of Classical Chinese Medicine, a blockage in the movement of qi (vital life force). Acupuncture needles remove blockage and help return the body to a state of resilient responsiveness. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of complaints, including but not limited to pain, injuries, emotional disorders, internal organ issues, immune and nervous system issues, sleep problems, acute diseases such as cold and flu, women’s health, health concerns during pregnancy, recovery from and alleviation of side effects of medical treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery, skin problems, problems with sensory organs, and so on.