Acupuncture is a modality of treatment that has been employed in healthcare for thousands of years, with its origins in east Asian medicine. The method of treatment utilizes sterile, single use acupuncture needles, which are inserted through the skin into acupuncture points, by a trained and licensed practitioner in order to affect therapeutic change in the body.
Acupuncture points themselves are functional anatomical sites found in muscles and connective tissue. When performed by a trained and licensed professional, such as a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.), the needles are activated through specific and gentle movements of the practitioner’s hands or with electronic stimulation (“eStim”). Acupuncture has been proven to promote the body’s natural healing ability by treating a variety of endocrine, circulatory and systemic conditions. Current theories on the mechanism of acupuncture’s efficacy include stimulation of endorphins to relieve pain and inflammaton, influencing the autonomic nervous system, and locally increasing blood flow to the desired location.