Acupuncture is one of eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was introduced to Western cultures around 1972. The World Health Organization recognizes Chinese Medicine as a form of healthcare that has been used by indigenous people for thousands of years. It is the third oldest form of healthcare that is predated only by the people of Babylon and Egypt. The other branches of Chinese medicine include Tui Na (massage), Herbology, Nutrition, Exercise, Meditation, Geomancy (Feng Shui) and Qi Gong.
Acupuncture is delivered by stimulating points along meridians or channels that flow like water through the body. The tool used to stimulate the flow of energy or Qi (chi) is a very fine acupuncture needle. Treatment is to balance the bodies energy and restore flow where it is impeded.
To determine where the energetic imbalance is occurring in the body, a through evaluation is conducted. This includes intake questions, exam, pulse and tongue reading....very much like when you go to see your primary doctor. Once the pattern of disharmony is identified, points are selected and stimulated with needles to restore balance. A cycle of Qi balancing can take 20-30 minutes. The number of treatments depends on the duration and severity of the condition and adherence to the recommendations of the Dr. Peterson.