What is acupuncture?

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The acupuncture meridians

According to tradition, the Chinese were among the earliest cultures to begin exploring the electromagnetic forces and subtle energies as one of the most important aspects of human life. Over centuries this new paradigm was expanded and became the basis for what is now known as acupuncture—a system of healing based on the balancing of the energetic forces within us. Today, we are learning that the healthy flow of the living forces is essential to our physical, emotional and mental well-being. These forces can become disrupted by various factors, including emotional stresses, physical accidents and traumas, nutritional deficiencies, chemical and environmental toxicity, weather extremes and even genetically inherited traits.

Traditional needle treatment

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Ancient Chinese healing system

There are many ways to restore the flow of this life energy, though one of the most popular methods still remains the traditional needle treatment applied to specific acupoints—key locations where the life force can be affected at the body’s surface. The needles are believed to stimulate the subtle forces that are carried along the meridians, which are the specific energy pathways coursing throughout the body.

Electro Meridian Imaging

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EMI Chart

EMI is a contemporary acupuncture diagnostic method based on electronic evaluation of the meridian system. By measuring skin conductance at specific acupoints of the wrists and ankles, it determines excess, deficiency and splits in individual meridians. This highly reliable method of electronic computer-enhanced evaluation allows for an exam that takes less than two minutes to complete. In addition, it permits the patient to take home a printed copy of their electronic meridian assessment (read more in the EMI section from the main menu).

Laser and electro-acupuncture

Lasers are often used successfully in acupuncture as a needle replacement. The commonly used helium-neon laser differs from diffuse light only in that it is a focused beam that does not disperse in 360 degrees. As a cold variety, it is not the same as lasers employed in various surgical procedures. Its benefits are many, since it is non-invasive and non-painful—yet is able to achieve quick results and avoid  the risk of transmitting any infection. If needles are used, applying mild electrical currents may enhance their effect as well.