Acupuncture is a system of medicine based on 3,000 years of history, tradition, and application. It uses very thin needles to stimulate hundreds of different points on the body that lie along channels known as meridians. These points balance, tonify, or reduce excess in the body. At its heart, Acupuncture balances "Qi" or vital energy and treats the whole person. The treatments are generally very relaxing. At least 4-10 weekly treatments are usually required to determine the cause and treat the condition.
Licensed acupuncturists go through a three year Masters program that incorporates over 1700 hours of training, followed by national licensing exams.
In 1997, a consensus panel convened by the National Institute of Health (NIH) concluded that "there is clear evidence that needle acupuncture treatment is effective for post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, post-operative dental pain...also addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma." Other conditions which Acupuncture treats effectively include menopausal symptoms, chronic pain, diabetic symptoms, fatigue and sleep complaints, digestive problems, arthritis, stress, smoking cessation and more.