September 21, 2017. Our program featured Acupuncturist Heather Shoup. Acupuncture is one of five branches of Chinese medicine which also include Herbology, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Energetics (Qigong and Tajiquan) and Dietetics (Nutritional medicine). Chinese medicine works with something called Qi (pronounced “chee”) which is the vital energy that flows within channels in our bodies and animates us. The flow needs to be continuous but can be disturbed by things such as genetics, stress, exercise, and diet. These disturbances trigger symptoms involving physical, mental, or emotional problems.
The famous acupuncture needles are made of surgical grade stainless steel. There is no medicine used. The needles are placed along the channels associated with the areas of distress. The body will respond to the needle by sending healing energy to the insertion point. This is intended to force the body back into the proper flow of Qi. The procedure should not be painful and patients often report a warm and tingly feeling. Treatments can last 20-30 minutes, depending on the provider. Acupuncture is holistic and multiple symptoms can be treated at the same time. Pennsylvania is not an insurance-friendly state and most health care plans will not cover these treatments. They will also not be covered by Medicare.