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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Boston, MAAcupuncture is one piece of a complete medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates back over 2,000 years. Acupuncture is the insertion and manipulation of sterile, single-use, flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points along energetic pathways of the body in order to improve physiological function and promote natural healing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body's vital energy (qi) flows in a regular pattern, along energetic pathways or meridians, nourishing all systems of the body and mind and promoting optimal communication. This can be thought of as a web-like network throughout the entire body and brain, connecting and supporting all organs and tissues.

Traditional Chinese Medical theory is a holistic model, where nothing is seen in isolation, but in functional relativity to the whole. Disease is treated by treating the root of the problem, the origin of disharmony, restoring health to the entire system. In a healthy person, all systems of the body and mind function smoothly and there are no symptoms of illness or discomfort. Pain and illness arise out of imbalances or blockages within the system. A blockage can be thought of as a dam on a river. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of daily life such as trauma, overwork, inadequate rest, improper diet, environmental pollution, bacteria, viruses, and excess emotional stress and worry. Acupuncture stimulates different points on the body to restore the smooth flow of qi.

From a western standpoint, acupuncture points stimulate the nervous system to release endorphins and other chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals can change the experience of pain and will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. It returns the body to its natural balance and promotes the body's ability to heal itself.

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Boston, MA

Geralyn A. Kruger, LicAc, MAOM
Licensed Acupuncturist
Master of Oriental Medicine

Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts
317 N Main St
Natick, MA 01760

(781) 264-4952