Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion of fine needles into the body at acupoints shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These acupoints have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 2,500 years and continue to be studied to increasing depths. There are well over 360 acupoints and the decision over which ones to use are often based on both function and location. There are a few different precise methods by which Acupuncturists insert needles. Points can be needled anywhere in the range of 15 degrees to 90 degrees relative to the skin surface, depending on the treatment called for. Acupuncturists can use many different size and style of needles. The needles are disposable and sterile. They are used once and discarded in accordance with medical biohazard regulations and guidelines.
The goal of acupuncture is to balance the flow of qi throughout your body and promote the free flow of qi. This balance may be achieved by using needles on the left side of your body to treat problems on the right and using needles on the lower part of the body to treat problems on the upper part of the body.
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