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Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as a complementary to medications or supplements. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.

Acupuncture points (also referred to as acupoints) are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along "medians" or "channels" that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounce "Chee") flows through the body.

Acupuncture needles are usually made of stainless steel, but are very fine and flexible. Their atraumatic design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures. A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.

Dr. Son combines eastern and western medicine to manage arthritis. Call us to make an appointment with Dr. Son for a consultation.