Acupuncture Restores Energy Flow Throughout the Body (Here's Why We Love It)
The goal of acupuncture is to restore energy flow throughout the body. Since its inception in China around 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used to treat bodily ailments such as arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and chronic pain.
Acupuncture involves more than a simply needle prick. The first visit is accompanied by a comprehensive medical history questionnaire and in-depth conversation about what the client hopes to achieve through the art of acupuncture. When practiced properly, acupuncture can be pain-free and beneficial to its user.
"The depth to which the acupuncture needles are inserted varies according to the treatment and the practitioner; however, needles should never be positioned deep enough to puncture organs (other than the skin). The needles are usually left in place for five to 20 minutes, usually no longer than 60 minutes, and then removed. Following an acupuncture treatment, practitioners will usually reassesses the client and often give suggestions for home care. It is also typical to suggest supplemental Chinese herbs to enhance the achievement of energetic balance. Acute symptoms may require only two to four treatments; whereas for chronic cases, it is common to have as many as 12 or more treatments, usually over a course of eight to 10 weeks. Regular monthly visits may be suggested as preventive measures to decrease stress, improve energy or boost immunity." 
In 2009, researchers from the Center for Complementary Medicine reviewed 11 studies involving over 2,137 patients. The research concluded acupuncture “could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent chronic tension-type headaches.”
Studies further show that acupuncture patients suffering from chronic pain are more likely to experience improvement in their symptoms.
In a 2002 study done by the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, after 20 Parkinson’s patients were treated with acupuncture for 16 sessions, 85 percent of patients reported subjective improvements of individual symptoms, including tremor, walking, handwriting, slowness, pain, sleep, depression and anxiety. There were no adverse effects. 
Acupuncture is a safe alternative to traditional medication and should be practiced under the care of an acupuncturist. As research confirms its safe principles and practices, more clients continue to try alternative methods such as acupuncture.