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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient tradition of healing that has been practiced in China and the Far East for thousands of years as an integral component of medical care.  It can be used to treat people of all ages with a wide range of illnesses.  Read FAQs >

According to Chinese philosophy, our physical health is dependent on the balanced and smooth flow of qi (pronounced "chee"), the universal life force.  Qi traverses through the meridians, or channels, which conduct the energy to various tissues and organs.  The smooth flow of qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, among them emotional stress; excessive anger, fear, grief or worry; hereditary predispositions; or outside influences such as poor nutrition, infection, or trauma.

Acupuncture - ATX Acupuncture in Portland, ME

With acupuncture, ancient healers evolved a complex theoretical framework based on practical clinical experience to guide a trained acupuncturist to restore these imbalances by the insertion of very fine needles.  Simply put, the needles balance the qi.  By stimulating certain points along the meridians the energy system is strengthened, creating an energetic balance conducive to healing and well-being.  Additionally, there are many modern theories that suggest how acupuncture might work.  Among them, scientific research has shown acupuncture to have specific biological effects including:

  • the release of endorphins, which are pain-blocking biochemicals
  • an influence on the cellular matrix of connective tissue
  • functional MRI studies indicating acupuncture stimulates regions of the brain that correlate to the treated acu-points
  • activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to move the body into a balanced state known as homeostasis

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Acupuncture - ATX Acupuncture in Portland, ME