Traditional Chinese Medicine is founded on an ancient philosophy that our bodies are made of two opposing forces called yin and yang. Keeping these two forces in balance is a continuous flow of energy referred to as “qi” (pronounced “chee”). Qi flows like water along specific pathways known as meridians, and like water getting stuck behind a dam, any disruption to this flow can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.

Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and promote natural self-healing by stimulating specific anatomic sites commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method for stimulating acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or even electrical stimulation are often applied to the needles to further enhance the effects.

Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating these systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep and digestive function, and increase your sense of well-being.

Source: UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine

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