“Acupuncture therapy can…evoke the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.”
-UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
Traditionally, acupuncture aims to balance the body’s energy flow (referred to as qi or chi), which circulates throughout meridians or pathways in the body. Our highly trained and skilled acupuncturists place tiny, stainless-steel sterile needles into specific points, depending on the condition being addressed. Acupuncture benefits the body by improving its natural balance therefore enabling the body to better heal itself.
Unlike drug treatments, acupuncture therapy has no negative side effects and is a safe, pain-free way to treat various health conditions. In this way, acupuncture services can help everyone from those who experience anxiety and depression to those who suffer from pain, inflammation, and injuries.
Acupuncture needles are sterile, metallic, solid, and hair-thin. Patients often feel nothing or just a very slight sensation when the needle is inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Most people find acupuncture treatments very relaxing and comfortable. While you are resting with the needles in place you may feel some tingling, heaviness, or other sensations of energy movement. All of these are normal and usually pleasant; if anything becomes uncomfortable just let us know and we’ll gladly adjust it.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement states “one of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted procedures for the same conditions.”