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Acupuncture 101

With 2,000 years of history in its corner, acupuncture has established itself in the diverse landscape of integrative health. As a key player in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture encourages the flow of energy, also know as chi or life force. With the use of very thin needles—about the size of a single human hair—acupuncturist affect your nerves and muscles, increasing blood flow and activating the body’s innate pain relief system.

Acupuncture has been used for a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Dental pain
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Headache
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Lower back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Labor pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Postoperative pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Smoking cessation
  • Depression
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Constipation

During your acupuncture session, your acupuncturist will inform you which area of your body the needles will penetrate. You may or may not need to remove your clothes for appropriate treatment.