Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. The needles are solid, sterile, and disposed of after each use. They are inserted into the muscle and surrounding tissue, just below the level of the skin. The most common sensation that is felt is a small ‘mosquito bite’ feeling as the needle penetrates the skin, followed by a dull-ache as the needle is brought to the proper depth. This sensation typically fades as the needles are retained for a period between 15 to 35 minutes.
By inserting these fine needles into the skin, the acupuncturist can redirect the flow of your body’s energy, or qi (pronounced Chee). Qi moves through the body in a series of channels called meridians, not unlike the way your blood flows through arteries and veins. When the qi becomes blocked in a meridian, or isn’t quite full enough, there is unbalance. The needles encourage the qi to flow out of areas that are congested to areas that are empty, to regain balance in the meridians. When our meridians are balanced, we feel and look our best!
Chinese Herbal Medicine
A Chinese herbal formula consists of a number of herbs that work in harmony with each other to treat the root of the problem. An herbal formula may be prescribed on its on or in conjunction with acupuncture. When in conjunction, herbs help to prolong the effect of the acupuncture treatment. They are prepared to be both safe and easy to digest.