Acupuncturists undergo extensive training in order to thoroughly understand the concepts and principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Practitioners have a very thorough understanding of all acupuncture channels, organ classifications, as well as the relationship between organ systems in the body.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, stainless steel, disposable needles at specific points. Needling acupoints stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of the pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones, which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, corrects imbalances regarding the function of internal organs, and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture treatments can and should be used in conjunction with other forms of treatments. It is important that your acupuncturist know if you are receiving other forms of therapy so that they can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.