June 12

What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an ancient traditional health treatment originating in China. The Chinese mapped twelve vital energy or Qi pathways in the body which they call meridians or channels. Each meridian is allied with a different organ system. They believe that the Qi flows through the body along the meridians and when there is an interruption, blockage, imbalance or alteration of the Qi, disease or other health problems arise.

There are specific points along the meridians called acupuncture points which are known for their ability to produce a natural healing reaction in specific organs, joints and tissues. Acupuncture points are found either by finding anatomical landmarks or by the classical Chinese method (for example: “the point where the middle finger touches the thigh when standing at attention”).

Acupuncture is the placement of very hair-thin needles which are inserted into the specified points (and it’s a very specific area, 1-2mm) that produce a very strong healing reaction in the body; it’s a combination of a neurological, endocrine, myo-fascial, and even immune response. The body has over 1,000 acupuncture points.

Where the needles are placed depends upon what disease, pain or health problems you may have. The needle placement will restore the proper flow of the Qi and restore health. It is used to promote natural healing, relieve or reduce pain, improve energy levels and mood, alleviate nausea caused by chemotherapy, treat addictions, chronic pain and improve body function. It is safe and effective.

Some theories of how acupuncture works are that it stimulates the release of pain relieving endorphins, effects the autonomic nervous system, stimulates circulation, effects the electrical currents of the body and effects the release of neurotransmitters which are substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain.


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