What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is the oldest continuosly practiced medical treatment in the world. It includes acupuncture and herbal medicine. It originated approximately 5000 years ago in China. According to ancient theory, energy flows within the human body and can be stimulated by using acupuncture needles to create balance and health. The energy (called qi) flows throughout the body along 12 channels known as meridians. Blocking of the flow of qi results in illness and pain.
Acupuncture needles relieve pain by stimulating nerves, releasing endorphins, natural pain killers and stimulating the release of cortisol, a hormone that is known to reduce inflammation. The treatment is helpful for many health conditions. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being effective in treatment for:
- Menstrual Disorders and Infertility
- Digestive Disorders and Weight Control
- Children’s Illnesses (eczema, asthma, ear infections, hyperactivity syndrome-ADHD)
- Muscle and Join Pain (tendinitis, arthritis) and many more
Acupuncture is covered by most extended health benefits plans.