Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles. The needles are activated in different ways including sometimes gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands. The acupuncture points where needles are inserted are located on channels that associate to an organ system and traverse the whole of the body. Many studies have shown a variety of biophysical responses to needle stimulation in the body at these points, including but not limited to electrical, magnetic, electrochemical and biophotonic activity.
Chinese medicine and its various theories have been the traditional format and system most practitioners use as a starting point for providing acupuncture. There are many different styles or lineages of acupuncture that can be used to increase effectiveness for the different goals we seek. We at Turtle Dragon, with a combined 80 years of experience, are familiar with most of these methods.
Acupuncture therapy is often combined with other modalities such as moxibustion (the use of warming herbs on an area), cupping, Gua Sha (a tissue massage technique) or various other techniques to produce the best results in the body. Your practitioner will determine which style of treatment and which other modalities are best suited for you and will discuss these as part of your session.