Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called chi or qi, flowing through your body. Your Chi flows along "energy pathways" called meridians. Acupuncturists believe a blocking or imbalance of the flow of chi at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners unblock and balance the flow of chi to restore health.

Acupuncture needles are regulated by the u.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as therapeutic devices. Other types of acupuncture may use heat, pressure, or mild electrical current to stimulate energy flow along these meridians.

What is Acupuncture Used For?

Acupuncture is used to relieve pain and treat certain health conditions. It may be combined with conventional medical treatment for many illnesses.

The WHO (World Health Organization) lists the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • Low back pain & neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow & Knee Pain
  • Periarthritis of the shoulder
  • Sprains
  • Facial Pain
  • Headache
  • Dental pain & TMJ
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Induction of Labor
  • Correction of malposition of fetus
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Postoperative pain
  • Stroke
  • Essential hypertension
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Acute & chronic gastritis