Dr. Philippa Nunes
BASc, RAc, DTCM
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into specific points on the body in order to activate healing, alleviate pain, and restore homeostasis. Acupuncture is an ancient medicine, originating in China some 3000 years ago. It is a holistic and safe form of healthcare that is recognized as an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Whether you have an acute injury or are suffering from a longer-term health concern, acupuncture can offer help that works synergistically with any other healthcare modalities you are employing on your wellness journey.
How It Works
The body’s bioelectric energy, called “Qi,” ideally flows in an orderly fashion in well-organized pathways, referred to as channels or meridians. They lie underneath the skin at various depths depending on the specific channel. Each of the 12 regular channels is connected to specific tissues, glands, sense organs, and functions; both physiological and emotional. These are referred to as “organs.” When there is imbalance, or some manner of illness, injury, pain, or other emotional or physical symptom, this will reflect in the related channel as some kind of disruption in its electrical current.
By correcting and restoring proper qi flow in the channels, acupuncture can restore the body’s innate healing power, unblock healing to those injured areas, and bring the entire system back into balance.