For nearly 3,500 years, acupuncture has been found to enhance general health and well-being. It originated in China and is a commonly used system of health in the East. It has become popular in the United States over the past three decades.
Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into the surface of the body at certain specific points. The needles used are sterilized, individually packaged and disposable. According to traditional Chinese medicine, certain points on the body are connected to pathways called meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or qi (pronounced "chee"), between the surface of the body and its internal organs. Stimulation of each point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it.
Qi is believed to help regulate stability in the body. It is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy forces in the universe and human body. Acupuncture is believed to restore balance between yin and yang. This balance allows qi to flow normally, thus bringing health and wellness to the mind as well as the body.
When appropriate, acupuncturists consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and most importantly, your primary care physician, are regularly consulted for enhancement of overall health.
Acupuncture may be covered by your health provider as well, and the BodyMind Center accepts most insurances. We encourage you to ask your insurance provider what may be covered.
Acupuncture can help relieve different types of disorders. The following list is just a few of the disorders for which acupuncture is used:
Note: Please let our practitioner know if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.