During acupuncture, thin disposable needles are inserted into specific points in the body to restore balance and promote the normal flow of qialong meridians. These channels of energy have over three hundred acupuncture points located along them, each with specific functions to enhance the health of the body.
Acupuncture is not like an injection. Most people may feel some heaviness, numbness or warmth around the point, or a slight radiating along the meridian, followed by a feeling of relaxation.
Other treatments can involve moxibustion, in which penetrating heat from a burning Chinese herb is used to warm acupoints in order to tonify or to promote flow of qi; or cupping, the application of warmed glass cups to certain areas of the body to help pain or blockages and release toxins.