Acupuncture is an integral part of an alternative and holistic medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture needles are inserted into points on the body that have been used to treat disease for thousands of years. These points have actions that were described in texts in ancient China and are used effectively in treating current symptoms of disharmony or disease. The Acupuncture points are chosen according to a diagnosis by a Licensed Acupuncturist.
The needles are chosen for the length and thickness appropriate for the body area being treated. In treating the face or hands, a smaller gauge and length would be chosen than that used for the hip or thigh. These needles are sterile, stainless, solid, and not reusable. The needles are shipped directly back to the manufacturer for proper disposal. For thicker muscular areas, longer needles are used. A guide tube may be used for painless insertion into the tissue. Needles are inserted into points located on the body by measuring distance between anatomical locations. The needles are inserted into the tissue at a predetermined depth, measured by the needle length and guided by body location.
Da Qi is a description of the sensation felt when the needle is inserted. It may be described as pain that resembles an ache or sharpness, or there may be no sensation felt at all. The movement of Qi is the energy that is needed to relieve a stagnation that may be blocking vital energy causing a painful disharmony. The method of manipulation and qi felt is determined by the clients need and the practitioners diagnosis. There are many methods of qi stimulation. The needle can simply be rotated to tonify or sedate the qi. There are specific depths and needle directions for each point used. In total over three hundred points may be found. There are specific points never needled.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted at a point, energy moves. The points connect channels that act like conduits for Qi or energy to flow. By inserting needles, heating the point with herbs or massaging the point, we achieve Qi flow. When energy flows, healing occurs. Pain is stuck energy. Simply put, achieving Qi flow will move the stuck energy and relieve pain. Continual treatment will encourage the body to regain a sense of renewed health in a balanced way. The needle is the acupuncturists tool to move a pathogen from deep within and release it to the exterior. The prescriptions used, combine acupuncture points that internally connect muscle to tendon to viscera, when treated, relieve symptoms and illness.