What Is Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.

Acupuncture as its roots in China and authorities agree the science is between 5000 and 7000 years old.  Its use spread throughout ancient Eygpt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazinf discoveries the people of the Orient had developed. 

Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and sturctures at over 1,000 acupoints on the body.  The energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body.

When this vital energy becomes blocked, weakened or disrupted, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident.  Stimulation of one or a combination of key acupoints on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.


What is Meridian Therapy?

Meridian therapy is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of Acupuncture without the use of penetraing needle. 

Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique.  Therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an acupoint other than a needle, just as there are many different strokes in swimming.

Many practitioners use electronic stimulation, laser beam or pressure masage to treat an acupoint.  The principle of Acupuncture does not chnage, only the technique

Is Treatment Painful?

One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can re;ate to being stuck with a pin or having a hypodermic injection.  However, four Acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle.  Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations to "less than a mosquito bite" to not feeling it at all.

A phenomena referred to as "TEHCHI" occurs when the energy is contacted.  This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling.

How Does It Work?

The human body's energy flow courses over twelve meridians (on each side of the body) or channels that are normally well balanced.

If we were to compare a 175 pound man on one end of a seesaw and a 45 pound child on the other end, it becomes obvious the seesaw would be "broken" due to the fact the heavier person would be sitting on the ground and the lighter person would be dangling in the air.  Even though the seesaw is producing a symptom of being broken - extensive examination would not reveal anything wrong with the seesaw.  The obvious answer is in the balance.  Correction of the balance corrects the problem.

This is Acupuncture's goal - to restore normalcy to the body's energy balance by utilizing a combination of acupoints located on the twelve meridians.