Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (pronounced “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Illness occurs when chi becomes blocked or unbalanced. Acupuncture focuses on keeping channels clear that allow for chi flow and keep the body functioning in an optimal state of balance.

Acupuncture is performed by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.

What happens during acupuncture?

Your Tacoma or Gig Harbor acupuncturist will give you a thorough exam and determine how well you are functioning. They will also ask about your overall health then treat you accordingly.