Acupuncture is an ancient system that uses fine needles, moxa (heat), cupping, and or gua sha to restore the body's natural balance. The theory behind this system is that that there is a life force called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). This is the energy that flows in a harmonious way throughout the body, creating balance and health. If Qi becomes obstructed (by stress, injury or unhealthy lifestyle) the result can be pain or disease. Acupuncture stimulates the body's energy or Qi to move through obstruction and restore homeostasis (balance) allowing for self healing.
When a specific acupuncture point is stimulated, it affects the nervous system and connective tissue which runs through out our whole body and connects muscles and organs. The brain then sends out a signal to the muscles and organs to relax, thus allowing blood to flow and natural healing to occur. The immune system is strengthened and the body can return to homeostasis.
By assisting the body to heal itself, acupuncture can be effective as a preventative therapy, as well as treating an existing condition.