Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the whole world. In America, where acupuncturists make use of a wealth of healing traditions from across East Asia, acupuncture is considered a vital part of alternative medicine.
“Acupuncture” actually refers to whole family of procedures that involve stimulating points on the body, using a variety of techniques. The one that has been studied the most is the one most well-known to the Western public- penetrating the skin with thin metal needles which re then manipulated by hand, or by electrical stimulation.
Practiced in China and across Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. It was little known in the United States until 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. Since then, acupuncture has seen leaps and bounds in popularity in America, as practitioners incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.
In our clinic, we provide alternative methods to the more common method. For people who are sensitive to metal, small children, and those who simply don’t like the thought of needle insertion, we also use cold laser, essential oils, “invisible” energy, electrical current, and haci caps on acupuncture points.