Acupuncture is one part of a system of healing devised over the past 5000 years in China. Other components of Chinese Medicine include meditation, qigong, herbal therapy, dietary therapy, massage, and manual therapies such as cupping and moxibustion. The most well known modality is, of course, acupuncture. The earliest acupuncture ‘needles’ unearthed by archeologists date back to 1700 BC and were made of stone.
Based on thousands of years of empirical data, acupuncture points have been identified along pathways of energy that run throughout the body. If there is congestion or weakness anywhere along these pathways, a feeling of dis-ease can result, and if left untreated, can develop into major illness or pain. By stimulating acupuncture points, congestion can be disseminated and areas of weakness will gain more nourishment. Once the proper flow of energy is reestablished, health and well being will ensue.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles, about the size of an eyelash, into very specific points on the body. Depending on the patient and the condition being treated, the number of needles inserted varies. The procedure is usually quite painless, although there is generally some sensation involved. One can expect a tingling or warm sensation at the site of the needle, followed by a deep sense of relaxation. Acupuncture points are used in combinations to create balance in the body.
Acupuncture is a powerful medicine which prevents disease, controls pain, strengthens the immune system and increases both the function and quality of peoples’ lives. Even if you are not ill, acupuncture can alleviate minor concerns and prevent disease from developing.
Acupuncture helps relax muscles and promote blood circulation in areas of stress, tension, and pain.
It stimulates the release of natural opiates in the body which relieve pain, enhance mood, and reduce stress.
It improves hormonal balance, reduce inappropriate inflammatory responses in the body, and improve digestive function, which helps the body to assimilate necessary nutrients.
It has an influence on the nervous system as recent studies using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) show an immediate change in brain activity in patients receiving acupuncture.
All of these effects combined make it possible for acupuncture to treat a wide range of complaints without negative side effects or interactions.