Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture to comprehensively treat any and all health ailments.
Some of the more familiar reasons to seek acupuncture are for pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, depression, hormone regulation, fatigue, fertility and digestive healing.
In the body, energy moves along pathways called meridians, which flow like rivers. Energy, called qi, pools or rushes in precise anatomical locations called acupuncture points.
By way of thin needles, points can be affected in a variety of ways. The needles increase flow by removing obstacles, or add boundaries to calm unruly currents. Sterile single-use needles, slightly larger than a strand of hair, are inserted quickly under the skin, often without sensation.
An acupuncture treatment is typically a very soothing and relaxing experience. The needles may be gently moved to create a feeling of pressure, warmth, or tingling, this is called the arrival of qi, or the qi sensation.
An acupuncture treatment may also include: moxibustion (the burning of herbs to warm the body), electrical stimulation (usually used for pain), or cupping (the stimulation of points with suction cups.