What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to address a wide variety of health concerns in Ancient China. The goal of acupuncture is to restore and maintain the natural rhythms and balance in the body. It is definitely one of the oldest healing practices in the world!
The theory behind acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine involves, in part, the regular flow of energy in the body. Various points on the body (acupuncture points) are connected by pathways, termed meridians. Traditional practitioners believe these meridians conduct our life force energy, or QI, between the surface of the body and internal organs. When there is an imbalance in the flow, a blockage, or a disruption in this energy system - which can be caused by physical traumas, poor diet, inadequate sleep, overuse, environment, stress, and emotions, among other things – many symptoms can develop leading to illness or disease.
A traditional acupuncturist understands how to unblock the meridians, allowing the energy to flow properly by utilizing ultra-thin, stainless steel needles to access these energy channels, through points just beneath the skin, in order to free the flow of Qi so that your pain and symptoms resolve and your body returns to its regular state of balance.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is holistic and comprehensive because it does not separate out the systems of the body, but instead understands the complex inter-connectedness of all the bodily systems. For example, an acupuncturist considers that your migraine during menstrual period and chronic colds of uterus are related, and that treating both your circulation and uterus simultaneously can solve the problem.
Modern acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners are well trained in western anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology so have a truly integrated approach to healing. They can easily understand western diagnoses and treatments, rely on ancient healing techniques and also incorporate cutting-edge information on health and healing.
Research & Professional Recommendation:
Acupuncture emerged in the United States in the 1970’s and has since become widely recognized and integrated with mainstream health care. About 3.1 million people in the United States undergo acupuncture treatments each year nowadays.
Studies have shown that Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord)to release chemicals (such as neurotransmitters, endorphins & hormones) that can relieve pain and influence the body’s self regulating systems. In other words, Acupuncture can help stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself as well as promote physical and emotional well-being.
Many doctors recommend acupuncture to their patients. And the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture is appropriate for a very wide range of conditions. Among them are:
1. gastrointestinal disorders: ulcers, acute and chronic colitis, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea
2. respiratory disorders: sinusitis, rhinitis, common cold, bronchitis, and asthma
3. neurological disorders: headaches, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paralysis, frozen shoulder, neuralgia, sciatica, arthritis and Meniere's disease
4. poor eyesight
5. urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems
6. orthopedic disorders: tennis elbow, low-back pain, tendonitis and neck pain.
- Acupuncture is safe, effective and virtually free of side effects
- Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing capabilities
- It treats the underlying cause of pain or illness, as well as the symptoms
- Is effective in preventing illness and promoting well-being
- Is easily incorporated into your existing health care practices
- Has been tested in many clinical trials and found to be an effective treatment
- Acupuncture promotes the relaxation response and calms the nervous system
- Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins and other chemicals in the brain related to pain relief and positive mood
- It stimulates your immune system to combat illness and reduce inflammation