Acupuncture is a medical procedure that involves the insertion of thin needles at precise locations to promote health, prevent illness, and treat medical conditions. It was originally developed more than two thousand years ago as an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
According to Traditional Chinese medical theory, the treatment stimulates specific points along internal pathways, called meridians or channels, leading to the smooth flow of Qi (think energy, like ATP and other catalysts), which results in increased vitality. Modern scientific research has revealed that points are located at areas that differ from surrounding tissue in their electric, acoustic, optical, magnetic, isotopic and myoelectric properties. Stimulation of these points trigger biochemical and reflex reactions in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain which lead to neurological, vascular, immune, endocrine, and connective tissue responses. This complex cascade of physiological reactions results in pain control, tissue repair, muscle relaxation, reduced inflammation, increased range of motion & flexibility, normalization of organ function, blood & lymph flow, stress reduction, mood enhancement, and improved sleep.