Acupuncture is one of several modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine that developed over thousands of years. TCM views the body holistically, interconnected and interdependent with nature based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang.
The eastern approach to the practice of medicine is based on the philosophy that all cells of the body are intimately connected to and dependent on all other cells and that any disruption to one cell will ultimately affect the whole being. When the body exhibits symptoms of poor health, these are not just signs of damage to a particular part of the body, but also signals that other areas in the body are in distress. No single part of the body can be understood except in its relation to the whole. Eastern medicine employs specific methods of treatment that address the body holistically rather than focusing on treatments that resolve each individual symptom as it arises.
Acupuncture therapy helps relieve signs and symptoms of many health problems; it is natural, drug-free, safe and effective. A trained acupuncturist can uncover underlying root cause(s) of symptoms and/or strengthen and support the body to prevent future illness when one’s physical, mental and/or emotional health is out of balance.
The goal is to activate the body’s natural, self-healing abilities enabling internal stability and harmony. It works to relieve pain and other symptoms, strengthen the immune system and all systems of the body as well as balance, harmonize and integrate functions of the organs with each other.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the methods in Chinese medicine for effectively treating disease and is also one of the safest and least invasive treatments for the body.
Acupuncture consists of the insertion of tiny, flexible needles, no thicker than a strand of hair, into points of the body that stimulate certain points along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the body’s natural ability to deliver the proper amount of blood, oxygen and essential nutrients to every cell in the body so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony as intended.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture is a complex branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fourteen major energy channels called “meridians” flow through the human body including the head, arms, hands, legs, feet, torso, organs, and systems. This invisible network of meridians transport and direct energy called “Qi” (Chi) to all parts of the body, even the remotest cells. Qi means energy and even though it is invisible its balanced free flow is critical to sound health. Qi is accessed and stimulated when there is an aberration in its flow.
Acupuncture needles stimulate certain points. These points along the meridians are called “acupoints”. Acupoints have been mapped over a period of thousands of years. There are more than 1000 known acupoints. The Acupuncturist is trained to diagnose which points to treat to get results with all types of health problems. External stimulation of the right points helps restore the normal balance to the Qi and blood. In turn, the body repairs the functions of its organs and tissues. Acupuncture helps guide the body to repair organ systems, such as the nervous system, cardiovascular system, circulatory system, reproductive system, and digestive system. It even benefits your emotional well-being as well as your eyes, skin, and hair.