Acupuncture is believed to have been practiced in China for about 5000 years. According to Oriental Medical theory there are meridians or rivers of energy that is circulating throughout the body, feeding and nourishing the tissues and organs along their pathways. If the energy is deficient, excessive or stagnant in the meridians, then their corresponding organs and body parts can become diseased or function poorly.

 There are about 365 main acupuncture points on the surface of the body. Manipulation of the energy at these points can influence the energy flow in the meridians. Acupuncture using very thin stainless steel needles inserted into the skin and muscles is very effective to rebalance energy flow in the body. Surprisingly the needles are quite painless, they are so thin and penetrate the skin so quickly, you don’t get the pain you would expect, as you would with a hypodermic needle.

 Besides the flow of energy, there are brain chemicals such as endorphins that are released during acupuncture sessions that help explain the deep feeling of relaxation often felt with acupuncture. Often a session will consist of 6 to 10 needles on the front side of the body, while lying on one’s back, perhaps for 15 to 30 minutes, often followed by other needles, mostly along the sides of the spine while lying face down.

Sometimes it take a series of sessions to see result, perhaps once or twice a week for a few weeks to reestablish the flow, but sometimes one session is enough. In the West, acupuncture is often thought of as being helpful for pain, which it is. But since you are balancing out the organs and glands, it can really help almost all conditions, from female hormone balance to dizziness, headaches to allergies, depression to insomnia.

 Last year I treated a woman who was told she would need to have knee replacement surgery. Miraculously her knee pain was gone after just one session of acupuncture. Although that result may not be typical, it does show the power of this technique.

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