All About Acupuncture

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AcupunctureAlthough it seems that sticking pins into the body during acupuncture would cause a great deal of discomfort, it actually relieves pain and suffering. Developed in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture opens up channels of energy to relieve a variety of health conditions.

While acupuncture wasn’t very common in the United States until the 70s, now more than 3 million Americans rely on it every year to help them feel better.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system.  It is a safe and noninvasive medicine that helps people get well and stay healthy.

What is the brief history of acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been in practice for thousands of years.  Traditionally, it was a preventative medicine.  The job of the village’s acupuncturist was solely to keep people well.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), take a whole body approach to health.  At the core of this medicine is the philosophy that qi (pronounced chee) flows throughout the body.  This vital energy animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease.  The needles balance the qi and boost the immune system.

How is acupuncture administered?

Sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points.  These needles are thinner than a strand of hair and disposable, used only once.

What are some of the components of acupuncture?

In addition to the acupuncture needles, the acupuncturist may prescribe Chinese herbs and may use cupping, gua sha, massage, E-stim or moxibustion.

What are some benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture is used to help treat an endless array of conditions, including digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, orthopedic pain, hormonal imbalances, headaches, sleep issues, anxiety, depression, infertility, PMS, weight loss and post traumatic stress disorder, just to name several.


Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many common conditions and injuries including muscular and skeletal conditions and injuries, headaches, some respiratory and heart conditions, sleep disorders, stress, and many others. Try acupuncture as a natural, safe, time-tested treatment. Contact the Author, or browse our Merchant Directory to find a local Acupuncturist in your area.


Author: Cindy Sullivan, L.Ac. of San Diego, CA