Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles at strategic points on the body. Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain and increase blood flow.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique used for balancing the flow of energy or life force – known as qi or chi (pronounced “chee”) – through pathways (or meridians) in the body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners seek to rebalance the flow of energy in your body.
Acupuncture is mainly used to relieve symptoms associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches, including tension and migraine headaches
- Knee, shoulder, and other joint pain
- High stress and anxiety
- TMJ syndrome
- Digestive disorders
- Women’s health, including menstrual cramps and perimenopause
- Autoimmune disorders
- High blood pressure
- Seasonal allergies