According to Chinese medical theory the body is composed of 12 main meridians that regulate the flow of qi. Irregularities in the circulation of qi leads to pain and disease.
Treatment of disease with acupuncture is accomplished through the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific locations on the body. Through an understanding of the circulation of the body’s qi an acupuncturist can select those locations that will best regulate the circulation of qi and promote health.
Acupuncture treatments usually last one hour. The needles are very thin (about eight times thinner than a hypodermic syringe) and are only used once. Most people describe the treatments as painless and relaxing. It is not uncommon for people to fall asleep during a treatment.
Treatment of most conditions usually begin with two treatments per week until the symptoms are regulated and are then decreased as the person’s health is reestablished.
Acupuncture is also frequently used to prevent illness and maintain overall health and well being, especially during periods of high stress.