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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the many modalities of Oriental medicine. It refers to the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of many health issues.  These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 2,000 years, and there are over 1,000 known acupoints. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points. Acupuncture has evolved into a complete and effective holistic health care system. Practitioners of Oriental medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become healthy and stay healthy. Acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing. It can enhance immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and   well-being. It is a safe, relatively painless, and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that "Qi" or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi controls the body and protects it from illness pain and disease. A persons health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi. Acupuncture helps to regulate all three of these aspects of Qi.

How does Qi Move?
Qi flows through specific pathways inside the body called meridians. There are 14 main meridians each of which connects to a specific organ. Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, glands and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue, and muscle in the body. An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts of the body. This blockage of Qi can be detrimental to a person's health, depriving vital nourishment to the muscles, organs and tissues.

What causes this blockage of Qi?
Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, and environmental factors are among the many causes  that can influence the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi. Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily returns to homeostasis. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can  occur.

Is Acupuncture Safe?
When acupuncture is performed by a competently trained, licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. All licensed acupuncturists today use individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles. There is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.

Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a strand of hair, and their insertion is practically painless. It is nothing like receiving an injection from a hypodermic needle. In most cases, you will not even know the needles are in place. In other cases you may feel some tingling, warmth, or a dull achy feeling. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, and many fall asleep during the treatment.

What should I do before an acupuncture treatment?
Do not come to an appointment on an empty stomach. Have a small snack or meal about an hour before your appointment.
Make sure to drink plenty of water and use the restroom before your appointment.
Wear loose clothing so the acupuncturists can get to above your knee or elbow if they need to.