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What is Acupuncture?

According to ancient and time-tested theories of Oriental Medicine, our body is not merely a combination of mechanical and chemical parts, but an energetic, integrated system. Our health depends on keeping all our systems and elements in balance, including our vital energy.

The vital energy on which acupuncture principles are based is called qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi circulates in the body along channels called meridians. Acupuncture therapy, a procedure that places thin, sterile needles into specific points along the meridians, helps regulate the body's natural energy flow. This therapy alleviates energy blockages and allows the body to regain a state of balance.

When qi is strong and flowing as it should, physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being flourish. Achieving this balance and harmony within the body is the main goal of the acupuncturist or oriental medical physician.

Healing with Acupuncture:

Safe - Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, drug-free therapy that has been used successfully for over two thousand years. Only sterile, disposable needles are used, and most patients feel slight to no discomfort when they are inserted. Acpuncture may be used along with other types of medical care, and can be helpful for people of all ages.

Effective - The World Health Organization recognizes more than 300 diseases and illnesses that acupuncture and oriental medicine can effectively treat and/or prevent, including:

  • arthritis, headache, stroke, back pain, colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, allergies, sinus infection, impotence, infertility, PMS, menopause, eczema, acne, depression, insomnia, stress, addictions.

National Health Centers and Acupuncture

If you are interested in exploring acupuncture therapy for wellness or to address specific health concerns, you can ask your current National clinician about integrating acupuncture into your treatment plan.

If you've never experienced the benefits of acupuncture before, you can schedule an appointment at one of National's Health Centers and explore acupuncture treatment options with a chiropractic physician or intern certified to administer acpuncture therapy.