What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture, or more accurately, Acu-Moxa therapy, is a 2000+ year old therapeutic system. It originated in ancient China and spread to other countries in East Asia. The practice consists of techniques that utilize needles and a combustible plant fiber known as Moxa that are applied to the skin and other superficial tissues of the body to produce specific therapeutic effects.
What type of acupuncture is practiced here?
Our Acupuncturist uses a Japanese technique that utilizes the finest gauge needles with insertion depths of only a few millimeters. This stands in contrast to the far more prevalent Chinese system of treatment known as TCM that uses larger needles and deeper insertions to produce a sensation of soreness or heaviness around the needle.
How does acupuncture work?
The most likely explanation is that Acupuncture is able to cause functional changes in the operation of the nervous system in the body, such as the function of the endocrine (hormonal) or the circulatory systems. Acupuncture also seems to have a direct effect on the motor and sensory serves of the body which regulate muscular tension as well as the transmission of pain.
How many sessions are needed?
Acupuncture is best used as an ongoing therapy that seeks to maintain the physiological balance of the body’s self-healing response, thereby preventing the occurance of disease. The number of treatments necessary will depend on any number of factors related to the individual patient and will be discussed during the initial assessment and treatment. Most clients will feel some change to their symptoms within a few treatments although more time is often necessary to resolve the problem.