Acupuncture is a powerful and diverse healing modality that is thousands of years old and originated in ancient China. It is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes Chinese herbalism, cupping, moxibustion, Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage) and more. Acupuncture is used all over the world and can help with healing and symptom management in a wide range of conditions. It relies on the stimulation of certain points on the body, called "acupuncture points", to give the body's nervous, vascular, endocrine, immune (and other) systems instructions to promote the body's natural self-healing mechanisms. These points are generally stimulated through the use of very fine, sterile, and painless needles inserted safely and shallowly into the body, but can also be stimulated through massage and other techniques.
*Acupuncturists in New Jersey are only allowed to legally practice after going through a minimum of 2,700 hours of schooling and clinical experience over at least 3 years, and passing a state or national medical board licensing exam. The entry level degree is a Master's degree, so you can be sure that if you are visiting a licensed acupuncturist, they have been through extensive training to treat you effectively and safely.*
More and more people are looking for natural and safer alternatives to common modern medical practices for their health concerns. Acupuncture is incredibly safe, and can help lead you on the road to a more conscious and health-oriented lifestyle. Although individual acupuncture sessions can produce profound results, acupuncture really shines in its cumulative effects on the body when it is done over time. When people have acute conditions they may be advised to come in one to three times a week as advised by their acupuncturist, but many people come in simply for "maintenance" visits to ensure their continued vibrant health. Maintenance visits can be anywhere from once a month to once a season, or really whenever you feel in need of a "tune-up"!