•Acupuncture is very safe and has few-no
side effects though it is a Clinical Medicine
•Acupuncture is a Complementary Medicine - it
is not "anti" Western Medicine
•Acupuncture is a practical, Physical medicine. Primarily influencing Blood Flow-
evidence of Acupuncture dates to 1523 B.C.
•Little was known about Acupuncture in the U.S before 1971
are 20,000+ U.S. Acupuncturists. Most have a MScA -
•Acupuncturists receive complete Chinese Medicine training and must also achieve
a Master of Science degree.
•Acupuncture is part of a Medical practice that has served vast populations for over 2000
•Acu-points are found all over the body and are safe to use when properly needled.
is guided by Chinese Medical Theory.
1....Classified the 'acupuncture needle'
as a Standard Medical Device in 1994.
2....Estimates that over 12 Million treatments are administered every year.
Acupuncture and TCM drives a 0.5 Billion dollar micro-economy annually.
How Does it Work?
Circulation and Anti-Inflammation
•Chinese Medicine speaks of Acu-points (and Meridians) as a functional, conducting network within
the body that primarily improves Circulation.
research wisdom accepts that our endocrine, immune and nervous systems are a whole and work together to influence tissue repair
•Some evidence proposes that needles activates
Neural pathways ~ TCM focuses on influencing blood flow, tissue perfusion and blood supply to the Nerves
•Some suggest that an inter-play of signals between neural and
connective tissue components, triggered by the needles, affects the cells surrounding the Acu-points
•Some describe the action of needling as 'modulating an information system' mediated
by a neuro-fascial network; Activation points in the soft tissue -
Acupuncture + the Human Body
= INCREASED IN BLOOD FLOW, DECREASE IN INFLAMMATION