Acupuncture is perhaps the best-known aspect of Chinese Medicine in the West. While the earliest recorded use of acupuncture dates back to 200 BCE in China, it was popularized in the United States just over 30 years ago by President Nixon. In 1972, Nixon traveled to China with New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the post-operation pain relief he experienced from acupuncture that he wrote extensively about its benefits after returning to the United States.
In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally recognized acupuncture as a medical healing option that is safe and effective for treating a range of health conditions. There are now hundreds of clinical studies detailing the medically proven benefits of acupuncture. These include treatment of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to gynecology, fertility, nausea, headaches, anxiety, obesity, addiction, and insomnia.
Acupuncture transcends health to nurture wellness. Clinical testing demonstrates that acupuncture improves blood circulation, promotes white blood cell activity (responsible for immune function), invigorates the cardiovascular system, stimulates the nervous system, increases energy, reduces hypertension, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, regulates blood sugar levels, eases stress and tension, and clears the mind. Beyond treating an ailment, acupuncture elevates the whole person.
What to Expect
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of extremely thin, single use, sterile needles into the skin. Some people do not feel the needles at all, while others feel momentary pressure that dissipates once the needle is inserted. After the needles are in place, you will rest comfortably for approximately 30 minutes, with key points stimulated allowing your mind and body to focus on your health and wellbeing. Most people describe feeling relaxed and some even drift into a brief sleep during their sessions. Treatment sessions often incorporate aromatherapy, infrared light treatment, cupping therapy, tuina massage, and moxibustion tailored to your constitution and health. At the end of the session, the needles are removed quickly and painlessly.