Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism. Acupuncture’s therapeutic effect can best be understood within the context of optimal health.
Optimal health relies on the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. When that flow is blocked or inhibited in some way, imbalance is created, and we experience symptoms – such as pain, fatigue, and digestive ailments.
Treating the symptoms alone, such as taking ibuprofen for headaches, does little to change the underlying imbalance causing the symptoms. Acupuncture, conversely, works to open the blockages and restore the smooth flow of energy – to elicit the body’s own healing mechanism.
Our body’s ability to regulate and heal itself can be compromised over sustained periods of imbalance – such as poor eating habits or ongoing stress. This explains why several acupuncture treatments are often required to “remind” the body of this natural ability, and to assist in its return to optimal health.
Each acupuncture point has a defined therapeutic action, and embodies a particular quality of qi (“chee” or energy) that correlates to the internal organ system. The signal brought about by stimulation of the point resonates directly with the organ system to address deeper imbalances, while delivering a measurable relief in symptoms.
The organs in Chinese medicine are responsible for a host of complex activities that far exceed those recognized by allopathic medicine.
Acupuncture needles are extremely slender, typically cause little or no discomfort, and provide deep relaxation both during and after treatment.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer a comprehensive and time-tested approach to treating symptoms and their causes, for sustained health.
For further reading on how acupuncture works, please visit this FAQ.
For an explanation on Chinese herbal medicine, click here.
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