Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in both Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities and to function more efficiently.
These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
After the decision has been made to start acupuncture therapy, one should follow these procedures to fulfill correct therapeutic treatment:
• Not to take pain medication, eat large meals or drink alcoholic beverages for at least two hours prior to treatment.
• Follow through with therapy–DO NOT get discouraged. Keep all appointments.
• Follow all instructions made by your physician for your particular condition.
• Be sure to direct any questions you may have to your doctor.