Acupuncture is the collective term for the alternative medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a metallic needle or with heat, to help alleviate pain or to treat various health conditions. It is based on ancient Chinese holistic medical principles which date back over two thousand years. It is a positive model of good health and function and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.
There can be numerous reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, or injury are among the most common. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to re-establish the free flow of Qi and Blood and trigger the body’s natural healing response to restore harmony. The effect is both stimulating and calming and influences the function of the organs, muscles, autonomic and other systems of the body.