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Acupuncture is one of the primary therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has a written history of over two thousand years but dates back well before recorded history. It is currently used by a quarter of the world's population and is rapidly gaining popularity in the West as evidence-based trials prove its efficacy in treating a wide variety of conditions.

Acupuncture consists of the careful insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points on the body in order to alleviate pain and regulate the various systems of the body.

Does it hurt?
Most people have very little sensation when the needles are inserted, some people describe a tiny “pinch” feeling. There is absolutely no comparison to the pain of getting an injection.

What does acupuncture treat?
As one of the primary therapies of TCM, which is a complete medical system, acupuncture technically can treat any condition. Please see our “Treatments Available” page for more information.

How does acupuncture work?
From a Western biomedical perspective, research has shown that acupuncture triggers different physiological responses, such as:
Stimulating the immune system and increasing white blood cell production, which defend the body against infection / Regulating blood sugar metabolism, which helps the body use energy more efficiently / Increasing blood circulation and producing beneficial changes in blood pressure / Decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides / Increasing stomach peristaltic activity and regulating digestive fluids, thereby improving digestion / Regulating and stimulating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is directly related to sleep, appetite, and moods / Increasing the availability of receptors in the brain that process and weaken pain signals / Affecting the brain's short and long-term ability to reduce pain sensation.