homeopathy, holistic, acupuncture new yorkAcupuncture is an alternative medical procedure that consists of gentle insertion of hair-thin disposable sterile needles at strategic body points to treat various health conditions, stimulate the body’s healing response, and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Origins of Acupuncture

Chinese Medicine (or Oriental Medicine) originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. An estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture, and an approximately 2.1 million U.S. adults had used this natural method last year.

The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

During an acupuncture session, in addition to needles, cupping, moxa, gua sha, essential oils, and tui na may all be used.