While the practice of acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, many people are still new to this form of ancient Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a practice that involves inserting small needles directly into a person’s body in an effort to open up certain passageways and balance their energy.
In fact, acupuncture relies entirely on this energy. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health comes down to the balance between the two energy extremes in the body the “yin” and the “yang.” They also believe that there is a life force flowing through the body known as “qi.” Illness happens when there is an imbalance of these major forces and when qi is no longer able to flow freely through the body.
If you have been considering acupuncture, perhaps from a recommendation from a friend or family member, or because you have read about the effectiveness of this practice before, you may have some questions. Here is a basic overview of what you can expect from acupuncture and what this Chinese healing treatment can offer.