Acupuncture is one of the hallmarks of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practice originated thousands of years ago and is based on an ancient and complex Chinese diagnostic and healing system. It is performed by means of specialized, thin needles that are precisely inserted in a pain-free manner at specific points along energy pathways, which are known as meridians. The specialized patterns of needle placement release the energy blockages believed to the source of the particular ailment or disease.
As an integral component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has a broad range of applications and can be used to treat many illnesses as well as help maintain optimum energy levels. Acupuncture treats illnesses by relieving energy blockages and restoring blood flow and qi (energy) to an area that needs it. Patients receiving acupuncture find the treatments to be incredibly relaxing, and effective in reducing musculoskeletal pain, easing the stiffness of arthritis, treating gynecological problems, eliminating headaches and migraines, easing muscle tension, and general stress management.
To this day, acupuncture remains a very sophisticated and time-honored way to restore health and function.