What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into various parts of the body to influence Qi (pronounced “chee”), which includes life force responsible for bodily functions. The various custom tailored combination of points allows for the balancing of energy in the various parts of the body. This balancing is much like clearing and opening clogs in the plumbing of a house so water flows throughout the house correctly.
From a western perspective the needles stimulate the brain and body to release various hormones and chemicals, such as anti-inflammatories, to stimulate healing and relaxation. Many studies are currently being conducted to better understand acupuncture from a western medical view. Many of these studies are now suggesting that acupuncture influences the nervous system and brain to encourage healing and internal balance.