Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world.
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles
into various points on the body to relieve pain for therapeutic
purposes. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the
beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood
and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected
areas of the body. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when
traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture points (also referred to as 'acupoints') are places
on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of
electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of
points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are
found along 'meridians' or 'channels' that are believed to be the
pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced 'Chee') flows through
the body. A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the
needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as 'de Qi'.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the
practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the
flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the
needling techniques a practitioner may use.
Please refer to the Acupuncture Foundation of
Canada Institute web page for further information.
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