Originating in ancient China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is widely practiced in the West for the treatment of numerous disorders.
Acupuncture involves the use of small hair-like needles, that are solid, filiform and single-use/disposable. They are stainless steel and vary in lengths depending on the part of the body being treated.
Acupuncture enhances the bodies ability to heal itself and improve function. The needles stimulate specific points on the body which line superficial channels. When stimulated, a life-force, such as "Qi" (energy) is experienced in the form of a pulling, heavy, warm, or cool sensation. Depending on the point (s) used, the corresponding internal organ is treated and balanced. Acupuncture in a sense directs traffic by slowing energy or speeding it up, and removing blockages depending on the presentation of symptoms by the patient.
The nervous system is stimulated to release chemicals such as endorphins. A natural alternative to pain killers, such as opioids and OTC pain meds, acupuncture reduces inflammation and pain, by improving circulation and range of motion.
Body temperature and blood pressure are known to be regulated by acupuncture, as the needles stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to promote "rest and digest". This not only benefits physical wellbeing, but emotional health as well.
Cosmetic acupuncture improves skin tone, by increasing collagen production, improving circulation, and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Shrinkage of pores occur and a healthy glow with softer skin is observed.