Many of our patients come to us for specific issue like back pain or some acute condition. Some of them stay. What I hear most from our patients who have been coming long-term (some of my longest term patients have come for nearly a decade) is that they feel better and that they get sick less. This is because acupuncture is based on the brilliant Chinese theory of yin and yang which, to our decrement, there is no equivalent to in the West. I want to talk more about yin yang theory in another post, but for now we can just think of it as balance. One the the main goals of an acupuncture session is to help bring balance to the body. When the body is balanced we don't have to worry about it. Looking from the outside we don't realize all the thousands of orchestrated things that go on inside our body each moment to keep it running smoothly. It's a real miracle. We don't have to worry about the condition or operation of our liver or heart individually from the whole. If we are in balance all of these processes just go on like they should and we remain in health. Using the also unique concept of Qi (more later) acupuncture helps the body stay in balance.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond