One of the cornerstones of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-fine needles into the body at “acupoints” - locations on the body that have specific benefits in treating health problems. The locations and benefits have been mapped by the Chinese and other Asian cultures over a period of 2,500 years. In present times, acupuncture is fully integrated into the healthcare systems in East Asian countries. In China, for example, hospitals have their own acupuncture and herbology departments.
Receiving traditional acupuncture is very relaxing and rejuvenating for most people; if you have not had acupuncture before, you may be surprised by this. A typical acupuncture needle is 0.20 mm, which of course, is extremely small and fine – about twice the thickness of a human hair.
The insertion of the needle induces signalling at the cellular level. Acting like a re-set switch, this introduction brings about regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters, according to the body's own wisdom. If a person has been in pain, or 'out of balance', and then experiences the beginnings of regulation in this manner, it is a very pleasant feeling. Traditionally, this process is called 'regulating Qi and blood'.
Furthermore, Registered Acupuncturists apply ‘needle prescriptions’ according to traditional frameworks that are designed to benefit the individual’s whole being. This holistic approach not only addresses immediate concerns, but also supports an individual’s innate and unique constitution.