Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting hair-thin needles into specific acupuncture points. Practiced for over 2500 years in China, acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which views health as a constantly flow of energy. Acupuncture helps to regulate imbalances in this natural flow of energy, which result in disease.


The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any obstruction and blockages or deficiencies of energy would eventually lead to disease.

The acupuncture needles can unblock the obstruction at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatment can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, energy production activities and the circulation of energy through the meridians.

How acupuncture feels

Acupuncture is painless and safe. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. All inserted needles are factory sterilized and immediately disposed of after use. When the needles are inserted by a skilled acupuncturist, usually there is no pain at all. Occasionally, the patient can have some cramp or electric sensation. If there is any discomfort, it is usually mild.


Acupuncture aims at treating the person rather than the disease. Acupuncturist regards the patient as a whole, finds the imbalance in the body which cause the illness, and then treat it. In this way, acupuncture can promotes the body’s natural healing ability to correct and improve most conditions. Also, acupuncture is a comprehensive system of preventative health care and health maintenance. So there are many diseases that can be treated successfully by acupuncture.

Types of Treatment

A typical treatment may include needles, moxibustion (a warming technique), acupressure or electro-acupuncture.

Patrick Guo is doing acupuncture to a patient

Deep Tissue Treatments For Chronic Pain

With muscle or joint problems, over time the soft tissue (muscles, tendons and ligament) can become overstrained, and fibrosis (scar tissue) will form. This may catch the nerve inside and cause aching as well as limiting movements. The longer the problem persists, the deeper the scar tissue invades. Deep tissue therapy, combined with acupuncture, can restore the strained tissue, break down the scar tissue and stretch the tight tissue. The therapy allows the circulation to flow freely – important for the normal repair of tissue. Once the pressure on the nerve is relieved,the pain will be relieved too. The best time for treatment is as soon as you start to experience the problem. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!

Treatment numbers

This really depends on the specific case. As a general rule, acute problems usually response more quickly, while chronic problems can take a lot longer (often 2-3 months).