Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or treat disease. Acupuncture is the most well-known modality of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture promotes healing reactions in the body. It enhances recuperative power and immunity, supporting physical and emotional health, and improving overall function and well-being. It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
As a whole, Chinese medicine looks at patterns of disharmony within the body to establish treatments that bring the disparity back into balance ultimately restoring harmony and health to the individual. Western medicine typically views an illness as a distinct entity that is separate from the patient’s being, Chinese medicine perceives the relationships between the patient’s signs and symptoms and uses these relationships to heal.
What is Qi?
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the energy, or life force, involved in every aspect of the body. Qi is at the core of Chinese medicine and 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.
How does Qi move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, tissue and muscle in the body.
Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. A change or blockage in the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, limiting vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands.
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.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points on the body access, redirect, and boost Qi in the meridians helping the body to reach the highest capacity to heal its self. The body has numerous natural healing resources including anti-inflammatory chemistry, hormones, and immune system enhancers. Rarely, if ever, are we able to access 100% of our self healing resources. Acupuncture helps us get closer to our ultimate healing potential. It increases the body’s healing potential up to 10-20%. The human body has a vast capacity to heal its self, sometimes all it needs is a little help. Acupuncture provides a safe, effective and drug-free therapy needed to bring the body back to balance and health.