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    Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called Qi”, that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of Qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.

    Acupuncturists insert needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence the restore balance to the flow of Qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.

    Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.

    Acupuncture needles are solid, usually stainless steel (they may also be gold or silver), and measure from 13-70 mm, The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.

    A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘De Qi’ and is considered by the traditional acupuncturists to be necessary for acupuncture to be effective.
    The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use.

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