Acupuncture accesses your bodies' own internal resources to heal from the inside out. Acupuncture does this by stimulating key points along " energy meridians", or channels that form an energetic network throughout our bodies. The needles are so thin, they can be compared to the thickness of a strand of hair. Comparatively speaking you could put about 18 acupuncture needles to make up the thickness of a hypodermic needle (the type of needle used in blood draw labs and for vaccines). Contrary to the myth, acupuncture should not hurt if done correctly. Patients usually comment that the feeling elicited is one of an "energetic current" sensation, tingling, numbness,or heaviness either in the area where the needle was inserted or in a different area of the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medicine dating back 2,000+ years. It is composed of several branches, acupuncture being the most popular for pain relief in the Western world. Combined with herbal therapy, nutrition, spiritual cultivation such as meditation, and exercise, Chinese Medicine forms an effective tool to treat a variety of disorders. The reason it is so effective is because whereas the Western model of symptom relief through synthetic pharmaceutical drug intervention to manage the patients disease state, Chinese Medicine operates on a completely different set of principles aimed at treating the body systemically and holistically. While the individual systems of our bodies can be better understood through isolation and reductionist theory, when it comes to clinically treating the patient, all parts depend on each other in order to properly function.
The goal of acupuncture is to bring the body back into a state of health by correcting the imbalances at the root, be it a low white or red blood cell count, a circulatory problem, or a neuro-endrocrine dysfunction.