What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method to stimulate the body to promote self- healing and to improve organ function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless steel needles, which is as fine as a strand of human hair, into specific points on the body.  These specific points can trigger and alter various biochemical and physiological conditions to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

How does it work?

According to Traditional Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi, the life energy flowing through our body, in the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked. Acupuncture points are located along the pathways of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. Different types of Acupuncture techniques performed on specific acupuncture points can re-balance and/or unblock the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridian system.

What do I need to prepare before Acupuncture?

Before starting treatment, patients should:
  • maintain good personal hygiene to prevent bacterial infections
  • come wearing loose-fitting or elastic type clothing, avoiding buttons and zippers (so that the practitioner has access to the necessary areas). Dress for comfort, not style- remember, you're a patient!
  • eat a small meal 1-3 hours before treatment. Patients should not undergo acupuncture treatments on an empty stomach because it may cause lightheadedness.

Patients should also notify their practitioner if they have Hepatitis, HIV/AIDs or any other pre-existing conditions such as hemophilia, cancer, the flu, etc. so the practitioner can help manage the condition more successfully and take the necessary precautions during treatment.

Pregnant individuals must advise practitioners of their condition as certain precautions need to be taken.