Eastern Healing Art

How does acupuncture work?

That's a big question.  Traditionally, acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (Blood) through discrete channels or meridians which traverse the body similar but not identical to the nervous and blood circulatory systems.  According to this theory, acupuncture regulates this flow of Qi shunting it to those area where it is Deficient and draining it from where it is Excess.  Thus acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.  In Chinese there is a famous dictum, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."  Essentially acupuncture promotes the free and balanced flow of Qi and Blood.

Questions & Answers About Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? 
What problems can be treated by acupuncture? 
How deep do the needles go? 
Does it hurt? 
Are the needles clean? 
Do acupuncturists only insert needles? 
How does acupuncture work? 
Are there different styles of acupuncture? 
What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist? 
How many treatments will I need? 
Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment? 
Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture? 
What can I expect after treatment?

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