Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine used to alleviate pain and promote overall health. Acupuncture uses needles placed along invisible meridians that run throughout the body. Today, acupuncturists also use lasers, magnets and electric pulses in addition to needles. Each meridian point has a specific meaning and can unblock and repair meridians and channels with vital energy or chi. Through the stimulation of the meridians, an acupuncturist is able to restore balance and ergo health to the patient.
Afraid of Needles?
Acupuncture needles are about the width of a human hair so they are much thinner than those used in western ("mainstream") medicine for drawing blood, etc. Insertion of acupuncture needles is generally pain-free in most locations, although, some locations on the body are slightly more tender than others.