Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of relieving pain and treating a variety of diseases by insertion of needles into specific acu-points on the body.
The insertion of acupuncture needles is said to restore the balance between two principal forces of nature; Yin and Yang. Acupuncturists believe disease and pain occur as a result of imbalance between these two forces.
The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least two thousand years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing healthcare systems in the world. Today, Acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of healthcare that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.
Acupuncture may be used alone or in combination with Western Medicine and/or Chinese Herbal preparations. It is most often used to relieve pain resulting from chronic illnesses and severe injury.
Scientists have determined that Acupuncture triggers signals in the nervous system to adjust the activities of the body’s internal organs and to change the pain signals sent to the brain. Researchers have shown that Acupuncture increases the brain’s production of natural painkillers called Endorphins. These substances are morphine like chemicals that influence the body’s perception of pain.