Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Beginning April 2019, Island Retreat Spa will now be offering Acupuncture Treatments through an exclusive partnership with one of the best acupuncture clinics in the southeast - Cape Fear Community Acupuncture.
Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points along pathways shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The Chinese have mapped these points for over 2,000 years, with more than 1,000 known acu-points. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points.
How does acupuncture work?
TCM is based on the ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (life force which nourishes the body) through channels that cover the body in a similar fashion to blood vessels or nerve pathways. The insertion of needles into acu-points may strengthen Qi where it is weak, move it from areas where it is stuck, or drain it from channels where it is too abundant. Similarly, acupuncture can have the same effects on Blood — which nourishes and guides Qi — and Essence, a sort of prenatal Qi inherited from our parents. By adjusting the flow of Qi, Blood, Essence, and other vital substances in the body, acupuncture restores homeostasis in the body. There should be no pain or disease if Qi is flowing freely through the channels, and Yin and Yang energy is balanced.
Is acupuncture safe?
All licensed acupuncturists must complete a Clean Needle Technique certification and comply with standards set forth by OSHA. In the U.S., only individually packaged, sterile, one-time-use disposable needles are permitted by law. The chance of infection or contagion is thereby extremely rare.
Do the needles hurt?
Most needles are no wider than a piece of hair and virtually painless – sometimes you won’t even notice a needle has entered the skin. On some points there may be just a very slight prick felt as the needle penetrates the skin — nothing like a getting shot and lasting only a millisecond. Normal sensations that occasionally arise include tingling, warmth, heaviness, or feeling the Qi come to the surface or travel up and down the meridians. Most people find their treatments very relaxing – it is common to fall asleep or feel blissful afterwards, and most patients look forward to their next treatment.