Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of holistic and alternative medical care that is practiced by health professionals all across the globe. Existing for over 3,000 years, acupuncture is one of our oldest forms of health care. Research supporting the efficacy of acupuncture is drawing a new awareness and broader acceptance to this ancient form of healing.
How does Acupuncture work?
Eastern medicine views illness as a manifestation of imbalance in the body. The intention behind an acupuncture treatment is to restore that balance. Like any system that relies on movement to function smoothly, when an obstruction of movement occurs, a disharmony or imbalance develops within that system.
Our bodies work the same way. Western medicine acknowledges that our bodies conduct and house electrical currents. In Eastern medicine, that energy within us is called Qi. (Pronounced: Chee.) When the movement of Qi is obstructed, the flow of energy and blood is impaired. This imbalance in the body is what causes pain, illness, and disease. By inserting needles into various points along specific meridians, we can remove blockages and accelerate activity in deficient areas, thus bringing the body back into homeostasis.
Additionally, studies demonstrate how acupuncture needles can stimulate endorphins, peptides, and other chemicals within our bodies. These chemicals can modify the perception of pain, decrease inflammation, increase blood flow, release hormones, and treat certain dysfunctions of the body by activating the body’s own internal regulating system.