What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a comprehensive healthcare system that originated in China over 2,300 years ago. It can be used to treat acute or chronic ailments, strengthen the immune system, and relieve pain.

After gathering information about your medical history, feeling your pulse and looking at your tongue, an Acupuncturist inserts extremely fine, stainless steel, sterile needles into specific points along the meridians (energetic pathways) of your body. The insertion of needles signals the body to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi (life energy), and restore health and well-being.

Other techniques that your Acupuncturist may use during treatment include:

  • Moxibustion: warming an area or point with the herb mugwort
  • Tui Na: Chinese massage
  • and the stimulation of Acupuncture points with mild electrical current or low-level lasers

Some Acupuncturists also incorporate nutritional and lifestyle counseling based on the principles of Oriental Medicine.

There are many different styles of Acupuncture practiced in New Hampshire, and each individual practitioner has his or her own unique way of working with patients. We welcome this diversity and understand that there is more than one way to successfully treat illness and injury. We encourage you to talk to different Acupuncturists to decide which style and which practitioner will best suit your needs.