Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern technique aimed at relieving pain, treating disease and improving overall health. It involves the insertion of one or more tiny disposable needles into the skin at various depths. The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (known as qi or chi) throughout the body. This energy is transported by a system of channels called meridians. These meridians represent a large network of superficial and deep pathways that enable a connection between the inner and outer aspects of our bodies.

The needle insertions can stimulate the body’s production of painkilling chemicals, such as endorphins. Acupuncture stimulation acts on impulse transmission in the central nervous system, thus closing specific neurological “gates” and jamming the transmission of pain impulses from other parts of the body.

General Facts about Acupuncture:


  • Effective for treating 28 different health conditions
  • Generally involves several weekly treatments
  • Uses single-use disposable sterile needles
  • Needles can be heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion
  • Needles remain inserted for an average time of 20 minutes

Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • General pain relief
  • Treating tension headaches and migraines
  • Reduction of seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Acid reflux treatment and heartburn relief
  • Depression treatment
  • Decreasing markers of stress and lowering blood pressure
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Boosting relaxation and deep sleep
  • Lower-back pain reduction
  • Easing the frequency and severity of hot flashes


  • Education and training takes several years
  • Acupuncturists are trained in anatomy, physiology, and other areas of science and medicine
  • They have comprehensive knowledge of the nervous system and the vascular system
  • Understand the mechanism of action between insertion of acupuncture needles and the reactions of body tissues and nerves
  • Undergo training in a number of different areas, including acupuncture treatment, clinical acupuncture, diagnosis and evaluation, needle placement, stimulation techniques and sterilization procedures

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