An acupuncturist first examines the patient to determine what imbalances are present and where they are located. This exam will include a detailed history, as well as looking at the tongue, analyzing the wrist pulses, and palpating the abdomen. The practitioner can then devise a diagnosis and treatment plan which can vary in length from a few sessions to several months of therapy depending on the duration and severity of the condition(s). Thin, sterile, disposable needles are then inserted into specific points on the body in order to release blockages in the flow of energy in special channels that run invisibly throughout the body. This flow of energy, known as Qi, can then flow smoothly to correct the imbalances and restore health.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.