First, Acupuncture looks at the body as a whole, as a group of interconnecting, coordinated systems. There is an understanding that when one system is out of balance it can drain the energy of other systems or cause them to have to overwork to compensate for the under functioning system. By balancing and harmonizing the body overall, instead of focusing on one particular isolated symptom, a higher state of wellness can be achieved.
Second, it is understood that there is a clear connection between our physical state and our emotional state. In other words, physical symptoms can cause emotional symptoms and vice-versa, so both are treated simultaneously. In fact, there is no way to treat one without treating the other. For example, while most acupuncture points will treat pain in the local area, many will also counter stress.
Third, as far as treatments go, Acupuncture is always individualized and considers your specific constitutional strengths and weaknesses. This means that the treatments are highly effective, specifically targeted, and fine-tuned to to address your unique presentation. There is no such thing as a standard treatment for headaches, for example. A person who has a headache due to seasonal allergies will be treated very differently than a person who has a headache due to excessive alcohol intake.
Fourth, Acupuncture is preventive. Because every symptom has an indication, no mater how mild or vague, conditions can be appreciated in their infancy, before they have time to advance and take root. Coming in periodically for evaluations and preventative treatments can improve your overall level of wellness and save you from pain and discomfort down the road. Acupuncture can also be used to promote health, strengthening your internal organs and harmonizing their functions with each other so that your system runs smoother and at a higher level overall.
Finally, as far as medical procedures go Acupuncture is very non-invasive. For example, it causes none of the permanent tissue damage associated with surgery, like the scar formation and restricted circulation that can inhibit healing. Scaring is an unfortunate side effect of surgical procedures and it permanently disrupted the flow of blood and fluids in the local area. This can cause blockages, swelling and even pain.