Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. It is based on the theory that energy, called Chi, flows through and around your body along pathways.

According to Chinese medicine concept, illness occurs when something block or unbalances your Chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.

Acupuncture is done by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. Sometimes heat, pressure or mild electrical current is used along with needles to treat diseases.

How is Acupuncture used?

Acupuncture is a typical Chinese medicine treatment method which treats internal diseases through external methods. Clinically, the doctor will firstly examine the patients, ascertain the key of treatment, which channels are lesioned, whether the disease property is cold or hot, and make a diagnosis of the disease. Acupuncture is a method to dredge channels, adjust Qi and blood, and regulate balances between Yin and Yang so as to treat diseases.

During the treatment, the doctor will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin to the points which the provider confirms appropriate. Sometimes the doctor probably places several needles. Some may be placed deeper than others, depending on what the provider believes is needed to restore the flow of chi.

Every provider is different, but in most cases treatment lasts for 15 minutes to an hour. You may have several visits to complete your treatment. Some people have ongoing visits.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Most people don't feel hurt during the treatment, and sometimes the patients feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch or be a little sore. After the needle is placed, the provider may roll the needle slightly back and forth. Or the doctor may use heat or electrical current on the needle.

What are the therapeutic effects of Acupuncture?

﹡Dredge channels. Acupuncture through unblocking stagnation can dredge channels and smooth blood and Qi. In Chinese medicine, such symptoms as pains, numbness, swelling and suggillation are manifestations of blocked blood flow. Acupuncture therapy can help to effectively relieve the symptoms.

﹡Regulate Yin and Yang. In traditional Chinese medicine, yin and yang are referred to as two sides of things. Status of health is achieved by balances between Yin and Yang.

﹡Get rid of evil factors. Acupuncture helps the patients to improve immunity and resistance to diseases. If evil factors are eliminated, bacteria will not easily intrude human body.

How does acupuncture treat kidney disease?

The main functions of acupuncture are dredging channels and meridians, eliminating blood and qi stasis so as to promote blood circulation and increase blood flow to the kidneys. This can greatly improve renal ischemia and hypoxia by providing enough blood, oxygen and other nutritions which can help prevent further renal damages and promoting repairing of damaged renal tissues and recovering renal functions.

Practicing acupuncture can also help relive chronic renal pain and fatigue, improve appetite and sleep quality. It can also lower high blood pressure and much alleviate the patients' stress and make them feel relaxed and refreshed.