Pilar Valencia, M.Ac., L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Acupuncture is directed toward good health, vitality, balance, longevity and alleviation of stress If you have any chronic symptoms or illnesses, whether physical, mental, or emotional in nature; If your daily activities place great demands on your vitality and well-being; If you can imagine being healthier, more balance, more vital than you are now; If you are committed to improving the quality of life; Acupuncture can serve you.

 Acupuncture seeks to address body, mind, emotions and spirit. It is a holistic medicine whose 5000 year old roots began in China. It  works by restoring balance by stimulating certain points in the body (acupoints) by the insertion of a very fine needles.

The theoretical foundation of this medicine is a sophisticated system of correspondences based on a subtle understanding of the laws of resonance in nature and in ourselves. This resonance occurs in our bodies in channels running from head to toe. Energy flows through these channels connecting one system to another. This energy is called “chi." It is the same vital substance that flows through all living things in the universe. Most patients, after a while, come to recognize the subtle sensation that occurs when this “chi “is accessed in treatment.

The experience of having acupuncture is pleasant, relaxing and energizing. The needles are hair thin, sterile and generally painless and never used twice. There may be a brief soreness or pulling sensation which means that your qi has connected with the needle. You are made comfortable and draped appropriately. A good treatment feels like being in “the zone” or a deep meditation as your body moves back into balance.