Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine date back over 5,000 years, and have been practiced successfully and continuously throughout that time.

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin in order to activate the flow of energy in the body and thereby influence optimal functioning. A good way to think of it is to remember that the human body is composed mostly of water. Imagine yourself as a river; if the river is dammed, the current is impeded. For the body, when the current is blocked, nutrients cannot get to where they need to go and toxins (debris) accumulate. Acupuncture dismantles the dam, “un-sticks” the flow and restores your inherent balance. 

Acupuncture operates from the theory that the body has an energy force running through it known as qi. Qi (also spelled chi or ki) is comprised of two opposite forces, yin and yang, that when balanced, work together. The movement between these forces creates channels of energy. When these channels or pathways become obstructed, yin and yang get thrown out of balance--either becoming excessive or deficient--leading to illness. Acupuncture is said to restore the balance and so the health.

From a scientific point of view, acupuncture stimulates neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones in the nervous system. These in turn affect the immune system and regulate the healing responses, and the release of pain-killing bio-chemicals such as endorphins.

Acupuncture can also be used in conjunction with a heat treatment called moxibustion, where heat on the body is produced by burning specific herbs. In addition, non-invasive methods of acupressure therapy, called cupping and Tui na, are also very effective and gentle components of treatment.

Some common ailments that have been shown to be very responsive to acupuncture treatment include:

  • Fatigue
  • Digestion issues, including gas, bloating and constipation
  • Tension headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Lower back pain
  • Menstrual discomfort of all types
  • Joint pains
  • Immune system weaknesses
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic sinusitis

How Acupuncture Works