Questions & Answers about Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today. The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of "vital energy," "energetic balance" and "energetic imbalance." Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within its pathways, known as "meridians and channels".
What is AcuGraph or "Energy Graphing?"
Acugraph or "energy graphing" is like a lab test for acupuncture meridians. It is a painless test that checks key points in both your hands and feet to get an overall view, which helps to determine where the energetic balance or vital energy is and isn't. This allows for a specific and unique treatment for each patient. We use the AcuGraph 4 system which is the most detailed and up to date software from Miridia Technologies.
Does it Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are actually thinner than a human hair and are not hollow like hyperdermic needles that are used for injections. They are able to bend and flex with ease. Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle into the skin. These needles are not inserted deep into the muscle like an injection. Cold lasers and Acupressure can also be used in place of needles as well.