What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the use of extremely thin, pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable needles inserted into specific anatomical locations on the body in order to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal and regulate itself. These acupuncture needles stimulate what Traditional East Asian Medicine refers to as Qi (chee); the manipulation of this Qi encourages health and aids in the healing of disease. Acupuncture has no side effects and treats both symptoms as well as their underlying causes. The World Health Organization (WHO), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute of Health(NIH) all endorse acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the major branches associated with Traditional East Asian Medicine. Traditional East Asian Medicine, also know as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, is a complete medical system that originated over 2500 years ago. Originating in China, Traditional East Asian Medicine boasts a continuous written history that shows the medicine’s development and evolution both through generations in China and as it migrated out of China and into surrounding nations.
Traditional East Asian Medicine sees each individual as a unique whole consisting of the interaction of the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. Traditional East Asian Medicine looks at disease as more than just a set of signs and symptoms. Disease is viewed as the expression of an underlying imbalance in one or more aspects of the whole individual.
California Licensed Acupuncturists (LAc) are overseen by the California Acupuncture Board and practice all branches of Traditional East Asian Medicine. This means in addition to acupuncture, we utilize a very in depth and developed system of herbal medicine, Traditional East Asian Medical Massage (Tui Na), as well as adjunctive therapies such as electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and scraping/gua sha.