About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3000+ year old Chinese healthcare system, for billions of people, using very fine needles and other stimuli to access the body’s innate healing mechanisms. Acupuncture is practiced around the world today. It is a natural and holistic treatment protocol, which is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is used to:  prevent recurrence of past illnesses;  treat existing illness and injury; and, prevent future illness by improving overall health.

How does Acupuncture work?

Chinese Medicine Theory

Acupuncture directs, regulates and balances Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is the vital energy that flows through the body. By restoring the balance of Qi, acupuncture treats pain and disease, and also promotes general wellness.

Qi flows through the body in pathways called Meridians. There are twelve regular Meridians (a total of 71 Meridians, in all), which are generally named for major organs. The Meridians are somewhat related to the physical organs, however, they specifically relate to the Chinese “energetic” function of the organs. Meridian pathways connect internal organs and the surface of the body, as well as muscles, bones, joints, etc. Acupuncture points are access portals along the Meridians or pathways.

When Qi flows freely through the Meridians, the body is in harmony and the person is healthy and balanced.

When the flow of Qi is blocked, deficient or excess, the harmony of the body is disrupted and pain or disease results. There is a Chinese saying, “If there is free flow, there is no pain; if there is no free flow, there is pain“.

The goal of acupuncture is to restore the free flow of Qi by stimulating specific points along the Meridians.  Thereby, bringing balance and health to the body.

Acupuncture is auto-regulatory, it balances hyperactive or hypoactive organs and systems, restoring optimum health.

Integrating Acupuncture and Western Medicine

Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to prevent and treat disease. Both Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western Medicine has excellent modern diagnostic equipment, but tends to use drugs and surgery to primarily treat symptoms. Acupuncture uses gentle needling and herbs to treat both the symptoms (usually pain) and the cause of the disease. An integration of both systems can facilitate a better healing protocol for the patient.

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