What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a safe, effective and drug-free therapy that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being.
How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. It is based on “Meridian Therapy” and the Meridian pathways in the human body. There are 14 major meridians inside the body and each is connected to specific organs and glands.

At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”) or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. The energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body. Where the meridians flow they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body. When Qi or Life Energy flows through these meridians unobstructed a person is in a state of health and well-being. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Physical and emotional traumas, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.

The goal of the Acupuncturist is to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located in the 14 meridians. This is accomplished by variety of methods used to stimulate the points, such as fine, sterile needles placed at specific points, electronic stimulation, laser beam or pressure massage. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles, which will stimulate the body’s ability to heal.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

The World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/ recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.

Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.

Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
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