In simplest terms, acupuncture is the insertion of needles into the body, but the Chinese word for acupuncture — 针 灸 (zhen jiu) — also includes moxibustion, or the burning of Artemesia vulgaris (mugwort) at acupuncture points. While we can trace the roots of acupuncture over 2000 years ago in China, acupuncture (and Chinese Medicine in general) spread throughout the world, adopted and adapted to suit the adopting culture, resulting in many acupuncture traditions and styles.
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, virtually painless, and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.