The Ancient Chinese believed in what they called “Qi” or “Chi” (pronounced ‘chee’) or “a universal life energy,” which flows through the body via channels or meridians, and can be accessed at specific points on the body by the use of acupuncture needles.
Today, most of these acupuncture points have been proven to have a much higher electrical charge than other areas of the body. Therefore, when inserting a needle into these areas, the surrounding nerves are stimulated. This tells the brain to send out the body’s natural healing responses, such as endorphins, which will reduce pain, inflammation and stress, while at the same time boosting the body’s immune system.
Acupuncture points can become blocked or devoid of “Qi” leading to physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual dysfunction. Treatment with acupuncture needles serves to normalize the “Qi” in these points; restoring homeostasis and helping the body find its best state of health.
NEEDLES: Acupuncture needles do not need to be large to attain these results. In fact, most are extremely fine and flexible. Deep insertion of the needle is unnecessary. The “Qi,” or energy, is generally accessed by a very shallow insertion of the needle. The patient may or may not even feel the needle. If felt, the patient may experience a tingle, a dull ache, a quick electrical sensation, a distension or an itch at the insertion point along the meridian or channel which generally disappears after a few seconds.
Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist. Only single-use, disposable, factory-sterilized needles are utilized. All Licensed Acupuncturists are certified in Clean Needle Technique and all are required to comply with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Colorado Department of Health.