What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed in China over 2500 years ago.  It is a collection of procedures involving the stimulation of certain points on the body by means of thin, sterile, disposable needles inserted into the skin.  It is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.  It has been categorized as a complementary health approach.  According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of Qi through channels known as meridians.

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on restoring a balance of energy, body, and spirit to maintain health rather than treating a particular disease or medical condition.

Chinese herbal medicine is not based on mainstream Western concepts of medical diagnosis and treatment. It treats patients’ main complaints or the patterns of their symptoms rather than the underlying causes. Practitioners attempt to prevent and treat imbalances, such as those caused by cancer and other diseases, with combinations of herbs, minerals, and plant extracts.

What to expect during a treatment?

Each patient reacts to acupuncture in their own unique way. Some patients respond to acupuncture more quickly than others. Some patients experience a significant reduction in their symptoms after one or two treatments.  It all depends on the condition being treated and the constitution or the patient.  It is common to be prescribed a course of treatment consisting of multiple treatments.

Unlike the hypodermic needle that most people are used to experiencing in a doctor’s office which is large and hollow, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin. They are inserted to much more shallow levels, usually no more than a half-inch, and most needles cannot even be felt.

In some cases, where needed, other modalities such as cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and tui na will be used at the practitioner’s discretion.

Who is needling you?

All of our acupuncture practitioners are licensed by the New Hampshire Board of Acupuncture Licensing. In addition, they have completed a four-year Master’s program and passed the NCCAOM board exam for certification in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. This consists of over 2500 hours of Eastern medical training and 1000 hours of Western medical training. If your acupuncturist is not a licensed acupuncturist, you are not getting the full benefit from your acupuncture treatments.