We now offer full-service, private appointments! Included in a private appointment is diagnostics, acupuncture, and other modalities (moxa, cupping, guasha, herbal consultation, etc) as needed.
What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is energy medicine. It is said that an ancient Chinese doctor was not paid when his patients became ill. This was a powerful incentive for the doctors in ancient China to work very diligently over thousands of years to learn a great deal not only about preventive medicine but about safe medicine, too. The ancient Chinese understood that the human body has remarkable abilities to heal itself – and the role of the doctor was to maintain health and encourage healing from within.
A central concept of acupuncture is qi. It is nearly impossible to give a one English word translation of Qi. Some of the terms that have been suggested – none of which sufficiently explain Qi – have been potential energy, kinetic energy, electromagnetic energy, biochemical energy, life force, vital force, polarity, and spirit, but it isn’t 100% accurate to say that it is definitely energy, because when slowed down, Qi can transform into matter (explaining how cells can increase in size and number, and how tumors and arthritic bone spurs can form – remember E=mc2.) It is, in a way, like water – just as water can be steam, water, or ice – Qi can be matter, energy, and force. It is what drives and sustains and gives rise to life….no cell can be without it and survive.
Qi has its own highway system, called the meridian system. There are 12 primary meridians. These primary meridians are located close to the surface of the body, and it is on these meridians that the acupuncture points are located and where Qi can be manipulated with needles to reverse direction, get moving, slow down, speed up, cool down, warm up, etc.
The acupuncture needles are powerful forces. When a body part is for some reason deprived of energy, healing forces aren’t harnessed as they should be. If the needle restores the flow of energy to for instance, your thumb, then your thumb has a better chance at healing itself. For this reason, when someone asks, “oh, can acupuncture help this?” or “can acupuncture help that?” the answer is just about always, ABSOLUTELY! Because acupuncture helps the body to heal itself.