Acupuncture, also known as“zhenjiu” in Chinese, is a powerful modality used in Chinese medicine. This form of medicine is gaining more and more popularity in the Western world for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, although many people are often surprised to learn it can be used to treat hundreds of conditions! During a treatment, very thin, solid, hairlike needles are inserted at specific points and areas on the body. In Chinese medicine these points are called “neural nodes” (jie) and the stimulation of these nodes creates therapeutic effects in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain- relieving properties, and helps the body regulate and restore proper physiological functioning.
The acupuncture points used in this clinic are in very specific places on the body, most schools of Chinese medicine train acupuncturists in a standardized system of 350 points, however, there are several thousand points on the body that require an acupuncturist to dedicate thousands of hours worth of additional study and training to be able to utilize properly. Consequently, compared to standard traditional Chinese medicine treatments practiced in America, the method of acupuncture employed in this office is more time consuming and involves closer interaction with the patient. The layers of theory and framework from which this style of acupuncture is practiced includes a complete understanding of the development of illness ranging from minor ailments to the most serious conditions, and a brilliant, specific and complete theoretical understanding of optimum health and wellness.