What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called qi, which circulates through twelve energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi through a meridian leads to disease. By inserting needles into points along meridian lines, acupuncturists influence and restore balance to the flow of qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the human body.
How does it work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that the body’s meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that blocks the energy which leads to stagnation.
The meridians can be influenced by inserting very fine acupuncture needles into the network of points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of energy through the meridians.
The Western 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. This makes acupuncture an important element of preventative medicine, as well as curative treatment.
In addition to improving overall health, below are listed just some of the common ailments treatable by acupuncture:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic colon, IBS, constipation, diarrhea.
- Respiratory disorders: common cold, flu, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, seasonal allergies, recurrent chest infections.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, sciatica, arthritis, fybromyalgia.
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems: bladder infections, enlarged prostate, kidney infections, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infertility.