Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that uses tiny single use needles into specific points on the body. Utilizing points chosen for each individual, the needles activate the body’s natural healing ability. Acupuncture can be helpful for a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal pain to internal medicine as well as helping us manage stress responses. It treats the body, mind and soul at the same time and works well in an integrative medical approach.
Chinese medicine uses its own systematic diagnosis using palpation, careful observation and inquiry to diagnose which guides treatment methods and point selection. Although in modern times, needles are commonly used on chosen acupoints, there are many ways to stimulate acupoints using non insertive techniques. Shonishin is one Japanese tool that is commonly used on children and babies. Many people experience the treatments as deeply relaxing and enjoy their trip to “aculand.”