I remember the first time I got acupuncture and I remember in particular the unusual calm that I felt afterwards. I remember after that visit that I couldn't stop smiling. That has been over nearly 20 years and I still get that feeling after a good acupuncture treatment. I just went in the first time because I was curious about it, I didn't tell them that I was stressed but the treatment still calmed me. From a western perspective some say acupuncture soothes the sympathetic nervous system which is our fight or flight mechanism. From a Chinese medicine perspective a treatment smooths the flow of Qi in the body. Which ever way you look at it, it works. When the Qi moves smoothly in the body good things happen, like peace, as well as better health as all systems work a bit better.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond