Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine, which believes that the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points. Applying acupuncture to certain points improves the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee"), thereby improving health.
Acupuncture stimulates sensitive and powerful acu-points around the body with filiform needles. These needles are painless, thin, sterile, and composed of surgical stainless steel. Patients who are initially concerned about the intensity of acupuncture are often surprised and relieved by how easy and painless the experience is. Points are chosen around the body based on the pathways of meridians and the flow of vital energy. These pathways create an energy flow through the body responsible for overall health. Modern science believes that stimulating the nervous system has positive effects on health, which regulates the immune system, and hormone function, causes pain reduction, and so much more.
Each acupuncture session lasts about one hour, and the needles are in place for approximately half of this time. Acu-points are activated by massage and pressure, heat application, and moxibustion. Moxibustion is burning certain medicinal herbs close to a point to use heat as a point stimulator.