What is acupuncture and how does it work ?

Acupuncture is the aspect of Oriental medicine that most people are a little familiar with…in that you might have an idea that some people choose to get needles stuck in them to help them with well…stuff.  You might understandably, having grown up in a non-Asian country think that is quite strange .

Even if you grew up in an Asian country, you might still consider Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture a backwards folk tradition, since many cultures have unfortunately turned their back on their own achievements with increasing Westernization.  That’s okay  as two people who have devoted a great deal of time in effort to learning Oriental Medicine, in order to help others heal, we hope we can do a better get to doing are job in helping you better understand about acupuncture and what it might be able to help you with for your health.

Acupuncture is a treatment modality of Oriental Medicine, that uses fine, sterile needles to treat different patterns of health imbalance.  We don’t just randomly stick needles,  into people.  We use acupuncture needles to influence the body’s own innate reserves and healing capacity, by inserting them into acupuncture points which have been discovered through many years of observational practice. These points have been mapped by the Chinese for over 2,000 years, but are often places where physical or sensorial changes occur in the presence of different health problems.  In return these points seem to influential when used in treatment for allowing for positive health changes to occur.  There are more than 1,000 known acupuncture points, but commonly around 361 points are regularly used.

Western Medicine does not yet completely understand how acupuncture works.  However there has been some research showing that certain neurotransmitters are released during acupuncture, and that there might be some effects generated through micro-trauma triggering a healing response in the body.  Chinese theories primarily base the idea of acupuncture on concepts of qi.

Qi is a functional entity, which is described as responsible for overall health, transformation of ingested substances such as food, defense if the body, and aiding the movement of nutrients through the body along with blood to protect and maintain life.  In the Chinese medicine paradigm, blood and qi are the two functional entities which flow through meridians.  Meridians are like rivers connecting the whole structure of the body together, which promote and carry all of the required aspects for a healthy life.  When disease occurs in this paradigm, it occurs primarily from blockages in the path’s of these rivers in the body which can be influenced and “unstuck” by needling therapies.

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