Body Balance Institute Blog

What is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture is one of many powerful healing modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Rooted in centuries of observation, Chinese Medicine seeks to utilize the body’s own natural and innate healing mechanisms to bring the body back into balance (homeostasis).

Acupuncture is the use of hair-thin, single-use, sterile needles inserted into specific points of the body that help activate, relax, or reset body systems such as the: nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system.

It also promotes our body’s own anti-inflammatory and pain relieving mechanisms. It calms the nervous system and regulates the release of many hormones and neurotransmitters that are responsible for: stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, weight gain, night sweats, hot flashes and chronic fatigue- just to name a few.

Further, it stimulates the immune system and the effects of this are long lasting. It calms symptoms from: skin disorders, allergies, common cold and flu, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Chinese Medicine prevents illness, solves medical puzzles, treats the root cause of disease, and helps us THRIVE in our environment.

It is a full and complete medical system heavily based on science but does not discredit the importance of the heart, mind, and spirit of each person.

Under continuing research, acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of numerous ailments.


Prior to receiving treatment, an initial consultation is required to go over necessary health and medical history. Classically, in clinical practice, acupuncture is highly individualized. The number and frequency of Acupuncture sessions vary but generally, Acupuncture works best as a series of treatments.