Acupuncture is a 2000 year old ancient Chinese healing art. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning by inserting hair-thin, sterilized, single use needles, along the meridians at certain points on the body. The effect of treatments is to help the body’s internal organs correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption and energy production activities, and to enhance the circulation of energy through the meridians.Acupressure
For those patients uncomfortable with the use of acupuncture needles, Linda "Xinsong" Li is also very skilled in the practice of acupressure. Acupressure does not require any needles.A list of conditions that may be treated or managed using acupuncture and Chinese herbs is found on our Conditions Treated page.
How does acupuncture work?
The modern scientific explanation of acupuncture is that needling strategic acupuncture points on the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals either change the pain experience or trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that help the body’s internal regulation system. The net result is to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and to promote physical and emotional well being.
More and more clinical studies have found that acupuncture can reduce pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, increase range of motion, decrease the side effect of medication-induced nausea, promote relaxation, and reduce muscle spasm.
How does it feel to have acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture needles are sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposed of after each treatment of the patient. Most people feel nothing bad but very relaxed. Some may experience mild sensations of sting, numbness, tingling, soreness, or pressure during or after the needle inserting. Most people can go back to normal daily routine right after acupuncture treatment.