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About Acupuncture
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training that an acupuncturist receives based on over 3,000 years of experience in China.

 

 

 

Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body's immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:

 

 

 

  • Treating existing illnesses and injuries.

     

  • Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.

     

  • Improving overall health.

     

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago. It is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine ("TCM").

 

 

 

How does Acupuncture work?

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory

 

The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in specific pathways throughout the body that are referred to as meridians.  Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian, linking the exterior of the body with the internal organs.

 

 

 

The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly, the body's innate balance is disrupted and illness results.

 

 

 

Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.

 

 

 

Acupuncture and Modern Science

 

To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to "see" the body's response to acupuncture. For example, by using an MRI, researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain. Studies have also shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the areas needled, helping to promote healing. 

 

 

 

In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain, so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Oriental medicine has been around for thousands of years, and continues to provide us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. Western science and Oriental Medicine ultimately rely on the body's natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western science tends to use drugs and surgery as needed. Acupuncturists tend to use gentle needling and herbs. A combination of both systems creates an ideal environment of health and healing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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