What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is just one piece of an ancient Chinese medical system that promotes the dynamic balance of mind, body and spirit. Practitioners of Acupuncture have used this noninvasive technique to help millions of people get well and stay healthy. Acupuncture has the strong effect of stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture is known for; enhancing recuperative power, increasing immunity and increasing physical and emotional health. Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
How does it work?
At the core of Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced chee) or Life Energy flows throughout the body helping to animate it and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Qi circulates through specific pathways in the body called channels or meridians. Each channel is connected to specific organs, glands, structures and functions. They are like rivers in the earth. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people. In the same way, these energy channels transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, tissue and muscle. When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being. When this Qi is obstructed or stagnated in any way it is like a dam in a river, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in other areas. This blockage can hinder the distribution of nourishment that the body requires to function optimally. Longstanding imbalances of Qi can create other systemic problems in the body. Clearing stagnation, restoring the free flow of Qi and encouraging balance within the organism will allow the body to heal itself.
Acupuncture works with the body’s Qi to create change in the physical and mental symptoms that we experience. An acupuncturist will place tiny, solid, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. These acu-points are where the Qi can be accessed, influenced and directed to effect the energetic state, which will in turn effect the physical and mental state of the body. This activation of the body’s Qi promotes the natural healing process.
Many things influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi. Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.
Health is not just the absence of symptoms,
it is a state of being in balance of Mind, Body & Spirit!
The body has a natural tendency toward health. It is constantly adapting to changes in its internal and external environment and it has remarkable mechanisms in place designed to deal with change and keep the body moving toward balance. Acupuncture works with the intelligence of the body to support this inherent movement toward balance.
The body/mind should be viewed as a whole, as where our different organ systems, functions and process work together to keep homeostatic balance. By promoting the natural stimulation and inhibition functions of the organ systems, acupuncture encourages nourishment, repair and maintenance of the whole body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is a minimally invasive and extremely safe procedure that awakens, strengthens and focuses the body’s capacity to heal itself. Through the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, Acupuncture can produce change in the physical and mental symptoms that we experience.
Acupuncture affects and enhances all the functions and processes of the body and has a positive effect on any condition we may be dealing with. It has a supportive influence on hormonal balance, immune function, digestive and elimination processes, reproductive function, circulatory, respiratory and nervous system functions and processes.