What is Acupuncture?
Chinese physicians discovered that Qi and blood are circulated throughout the body along 14 major channels called meridians. These channels traverse the body from head to toe, along the arms, hands, legs, feet, torso, and internal organs. This meridian network also influences bodily systems (muscular skeletal, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and nervous).
Any blockage, misdirection, or disturbance in the amount, flow or balance of Qi and blood, may result in pain, bodily dysfunction, and ill health.
The meridians may become blocked or disturbed as the result of noxious substances (internal/external), poor nutrition, toxic air / water, infectious disease, malfunction of an organ, injuries (fr. overuse, sports,.. ), excessive exposure to damp, wind, cold, heat, and emotional responses such as worry, stress, anxiety, over thinking.
Stimulation of these meridians using acupuncture helps to restore the normal balance and flow of Qi in the body so that the body’s organs and bodily systems (muscular skeletal, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and nervous) can work together. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.
Points along these meridians (called acupoints) may be stimulated by the insertion of thin acupuncture needles thin needles into the skin, or other means such as acupressure, blunt probes, laser, microcurrent, electric stimulation, moxibustion to name a few. This ultimately allows body to heal naturally, promote physical and emotional welling.
Research has also been conducted that demonstrates that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses, mediated by neurons, to structures within nervous system, that affect various physiological systems and promotes the:
Release of endorphins which makes us feel good
Activation of opioid systems, that reduce pain
Release neurotransmitters affecting the central nervous system thus influencing involuntary body functions such as immune reactions, blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature
Does Acupuncture work with conventional medicine?
Acupuncture works nicely as an adjunct to your conventional treatment plan. For example, many patients undergoing chemotherapy also use acupuncture as a way to lessen the side effects associated with chemotherapy. Acupuncture has also been used as a complementary therapy in the treatment of allergies, asthma, sinusitis, pain, hot flashes, insomnia, IBS, and infertility, and is used in conjunction with physical therapy and chiropractic’s for rehabilitation from serious injury.
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