Acupuncture is gaining popularity in America as more and more people become aware of the benefits of natural medicine. Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and involves the insertion of very thin needles strategically placed in various points of the body. It is often used in conjunction with other holistic or integrative therapies to treat a vast array of physical and emotional conditions.
Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, signaling the body to release hormones and chemicals to reduce pain, increase inflammation, and regulate function. Ancient Chinese practitioners described this function as the regulation of Qi, which is a Chinese word for life force or the flow of energy. According to traditional Chinese medicine, when our Qi is balanced, we experience good health.