Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine based on principles which have been used in the Orient for the last 4,000 years. It is a form of Oriental medicine that works with the natural energies inherent within all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself. Acupuncture works with life force energy (or Ki) which is the vital energy that created the body originally and keeps it alive and functioning properly. These subtle electrical charges flow through the body in what are known as pathways or meridians. An acupuncturist finds disharmony and treats the individual accordingly.
Any health problem, disease, or illness may be treated by acupuncture. It is very well known to alleviate chronic and acute pain or discomfort and it has also been very successful with fertility issues.
Chinese Herbs: Chinese herbs are sometimes prescribed by themselves or in addition to the acupuncture treatment. They can be animal, mineral or vegetable based although the majority are vegetable sources. Leaves, flowers, stems, twigs, roots, tubers, rhizomes and barks are some parts used. When taking herbs, if there are any side effects, let your practitioner know so they can adjust the formula. There should be no side effects when taking Chinese herbs.