Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. This triggers a cascade of local and systemic biochemical and physical reactions, which address imbalances in the body and results in better self-regulation and thus, improved health.
Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture forms a part, is an ancient form of healthcare that has been practiced throughout the Asian world for around 5000 years. Historically and up to the present day, Chinese medicine is perhaps the most widely used form of medicine throughout the world.
A significant body of research demonstrates that acupuncture is effective for many chronic health problems including musculoskeletal pain, low back pain and arthritis, migraine and headaches, and digestive and hormonal issues.
Acupuncture is typically a relatively painless, deeply relaxing experience when practised by a well-trained professional. The needles are single-use hair-thin and stainless steel, which should be almost imperceptible as they are inserted. After the needles are inserted, there is typically a sensation of dull pressure or a mild achiness. Often, patients report a feeling of tingling or warmth during the treatment.
It is not unusual for people to report a deep feeling of peace that stays with them for many hours or days after acupuncture treatment. Brain imaging studies show that this is due at least in part to changes in blood flow in the brain brought about by acupuncture treatment. In time, many patients find that this feeling of peace becomes the foundation for their life rather than an occasional experience.