Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about dry needling. Some people have seen or read about it and are wondering what it is and why is it called "dry" needling when it looks a lot like acupuncture. So I decided to take some time to explain that here and also go into where the idea comes from and how it is used.

One of the more perplexing situations that arises for those new to acupuncture is that they have trouble understanding its holistic nature. Many see acupuncture as merely a one-sided therapy involving needling the body to alleviate physical or emotional pain or assist with healing. But there's more to acupuncture than just needling— a lot more!

Over the last decade, scientists have made some new discoveries that support the ancient practice of meditation offers many advantages for modern living. Among other things, they've found that meditation can alter brain waves to reduce stress, improve mood, increase feelings of well being, stimulate creativity, and benefit overall health.

Within 24-48 hours after a mental-emotional stress reaction, major physical symptoms can and do occur. Acupuncture can help ease this response and return balance to both the mind and body.

A Hong Kong study has found that qigong, a meditation and exercise treatment protocol commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, can naturally reduce the symptoms of fatigue and depression.