Acupuncture is the millenia-old practice of inserting sterile, hair-fine needles at specific points in the body to strengthen, stimulate and relieve symptoms of disease.
Acupuncture has been treating patients on nearly every continent for at least 4000 years (compared to Western medicine’s 100 years) speaks to its efficacy.
Energy (or “qi” if you like) is constantly moving through the body (blood is a thicker form of this energy), and when it circulates properly, we don’t feel it. We are in harmony, balanced and strong. But when it gets blocked or becomes deficient, it causes pain, dysfunction, depression and disease.
For example, pain is actually energy and blood that have stagnated. During treatment, when an acupuncture needle is inserted, the brain recognizes “something is happening” and sends blood to the insertion point to investigate, triggering the inflammatory response and hyper-circulating oxygen, minerals, and resources both to the point of insertion and to other areas that may help the body recover.
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Acupuncture often requires patients to look at health from a new perspective. Many of us are used to Western medicine which focuses on what’s sick and broken, on killing the pathogen; Western “health” is about getting us back to where we were before the bad thing happened. However, “health” in Eastern medicine is about strengthening the body’s natural intelligence so that it can employ its resources more effectively to encourage wellness, prevent illness, and put out its own fires. It’s about improving basic life functions: circulating blood, calming the nervous system, improving sleep and the digestive process, reducing stress. If our bodies are operating at peak potential we shouldn’t be sick, we shouldn’t be in pain, and we shouldn’t be agitated, tense and cranky.