What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is well-established as one of the primary "go to" treatments for disease and general malaise for thousands of years. Anyone who is ever had an EKG of the electrical waves emanating from the heart or an EEG of the electrical waves emanating from the brain has seen proof of the fact that the body generates energy internally. Acupuncture organizes this energy or "Chi" (chee) into the various energies called "meridians" associated with the 12 major organs of the body, such as: stomach, heart, lungs, bladder, small intestine, etc. In a healthy person, the amount of energy in any one of these meridians is balanced with any of the others. When one of these organ-related meridians is operating on too much or too little energy related to the other meridians, the body is in a disease state. Acupuncture methods allow for rebalancing energy by stimulating certain points, located on the outside of the body, to either increase energy in that Meridian, decrease energy in that Meridian, or shunt energy from one Meridian to another. This is usually a painless process of placing tiny needles in the acupuncture points that we use to accomplish one of these three goals, and it is, arguably, the most effective technique. However, stimulating these points in other ways, such as by pressure, light, etc., is also effective and is preferable in certain circumstances, such as the treatment of infants, for example. Balancing the Chi within meridians is an excellent way to balance the whole body so that it can function to its maximum potential and rid itself of disease, pain, and dysfunction. Dr. Copp was trained in Chinese acupuncture and has been utilizing acupuncture for the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease for over 25 years.