Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for almost 4,000 years. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles through the skin to stimulate specific points located along known pathways in the body, also called meridians.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) explains that acupuncture works to balance the flow of energy in the body, also known as qi or chi (“chee”) believed to flow through these pathways in the body.
Western practitioners believe that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals within the body which influences the body’s own internal regulating system and boosts the body’s own natural pain killers.
It is thought that acupuncture encourages a natural healing response in the body and alleviates pain.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a number of conditions which include low back pain, neck pain, headaches, tennis elbow, knee and shoulder pain, postoperative pain and sprains.