Acupuncture is considered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. In the United States, people tend to use acupuncture as an alternative or complementary approach to their health. While it’s not considered a first line therapy for any medical conditions, it can the primary approach to obtain good health and wellness.
How does acupuncture work? It aims to balance the life forces known as Qi which is a form of energy. Qi flows through meridians, or pathways, in the body. These meridians and energy flows can be equated to highways in the body. The highways start in either the hands or feet and travel over different areas of the body. Think of the acupuncture points as gates to moving vehicles. Vehicles can be motor cycles, cars or trucks. The trucks are large and have more energy than the motorcycles. Inserting needles into a specific acupuncture points (“Stuck Gate”) will allow the vehicles to move and essentially bring the energy flow back into balance.
Every acupuncture point has a name, location, needling direction and level of depth for insertion along with an action for a clinical application. Acupuncture is considered a safe, painless alternative for treating a wide range of conditions. While you do not need a prescription for acupuncture in the State of NJ, you need to be working with a physician for your medical treatments. Acupuncturists are not primary care providers in this state.
NOTE: If you have seizures, epilepsy or are pregnant, you will need written medical consent from your physician prior to treatment.