Acupuncture involves the placement of ultra-thin, sterile needles into points on the body to help restore physical, mental and spiritual balance. Chronic pain, acute injuries and wider range conditions, such as blood pressure and women’s health, can all be effectively treated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture helps to balance the nervous and endocrine systems, both of which are involved with stress-related diseases. On a psycho/emotional level, acupuncture catalyzes a parasympathetic (rest/digest) response and prompts the body to release endorphins. Endorphins influence the brain centers that have an effect on our mood and emotional wellbeing.
Current understandings and approaches to acupuncture are built upon a foundation of 5000+ years of classical Chinese medicine. As early as 3000 BCE, Taoist masters observed that the roots of dis-ease could be traced to the pathological circulation of blood, body fluids, and Qi. Qi comprises all forms of life and is often translated as life force, life energy or Prana in Sanskrit. Much like the multidimensional circulatory system, the ‘invisible’ Qi network has been mapped by practitioners through the ages, the most obvious passages of which are called meridians.
When the flow of Qi is obstructed, aspects and systems of the body are also compromised. Not unlike a dam of leaves restricting the flow of water in a river, blockages in the meridians, tissues and organs will alter the balance of Qi and fluids. A body’s dynamic web of meridians can be harmed by environmental and internal factors, which, overtime, compound and manifest as imbalances in any of the body’s systems. Acupuncture needles are like tiny beacons that activate the body’s own healing mechanisms by stimulating the free flow of Qi, blood, and fluids to particular areas and systems within the body.
Because Chinese Medicine focuses on underlying patterns of balance and disharmony, practitioners treat the root causes of dis-ease as well as the branch or symptoms. By treating the system as a whole, underlying issues are ameliorated, symptoms subside, and benefits are often felt immediately.
Research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), shows that the following conditions are effectively treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies.
|limb pain||acid reflux||depression|
|back pain||abdominal pain||nervousness|
|ovarian cysts||bell’s palsy||blood pressure|
|libido||chronic pain||thyroid issues|