• Anissa Tanaka


Updated: Jul 26

According to traditional Chinese medicine, our bodies have over 2,000 acupuncture points. These points are then linked together by pathways. These pathways, meridians, or energy flows are called Qi (Chi). These points and pathways are responsible for your overall health, and any disruption or blocks in the energy flow can cause illness and disease.

Acupuncture is the tool, which aids in bringing back the balance of your Qi. Your Qi, is also seen as your life force, or Prana, that flows through you. If your life force is out of balance then your body cannot function, circulate, and process adequately and optimally.

So how does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture uses very fine needles to trigger those points in your body, which opens up and mobilizes the flow of Qi through the meridians in a therapeutic way. Essentially the needles create microscopic injuries to tell your body to repair that area. This allows for more stimulation, circulation, and healing to happen throughout your body.

When the needles are inserted into these points, it stimulates the central nervous system, which releases good chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, and shifts you into the parasympathetic state (rest and relax). These biochemical changes encourage the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

What can it help with?

Studies have shown that acupuncture is an extremely effective way to target and heal a variety of conditions. Here are a few conditions that have been seen in clinical studies that have been fixed, regulated, and/or managed by acupuncture.

  • Headaches and/or Migraines

  • Sinus Issues

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Hypertension

  • Insomnia

  • Menstrual Pain

  • PMS

  • Circulation in Old Injuries

  • Joint Pain

  • Immune Booster

  • Digestion Support

Can everyone get acupuncture?

Acupuncture is relatively safe, however, if you take blood thinners, have a bleeding disorder, you have a pacemaker, and/or are pregnant, then acupuncture may not be right for you. As with anything, consult your doctor before getting acupuncture done.

What can I expect after my session?

After your acupuncture session, you may feel extremely relaxed, calm, and centered. You may also feel tenderness where certain needles were, and this will depend on how blocked the points are.

Acupuncture has little to no risk, with big benefits. This is a wellness ritual you will love to do, and once you find your person, who you connect with and feel comfortable with, you will find the power in this incredible Chinese medicine practice.

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