Health is a state of optimal physical health, mental and emotional well-being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
-Dorlands Medical Dictionary, 26th edition
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere. It is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance the body’s recuperative powers and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi, a person’s Life force. flows throughout the body. Qi is energy. It animates the body and protects it from illness, pain, and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.
The body contains specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians in the body. Each of these meridians are connected to specific organs. It is through these meridians that the Qi is able to flow and provide nourishment to all the cells, organs, glands, tissues, and muscles throughout the body.
Any obstruction to the flow of Qi can cause the Qi to become backed up. This causes restrictions throughout the body and becomes detrimental to a person’s health because vital nourishment is cut off to the rest of the body.
Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, accidents, or excessive activity are all things that can influence a person’s Qi.
Normally, when imbalances occur, the body is able to bounce back quickly. However, if these imbalances occur over a long period of time or in excessive quantities, or if the body is in a weakened state, disease can set in.
During your initial exam, a full history that includes questions regarding your health, symptoms, and lifestyle, is taken. An appropriate physical exam that includes pulse and tongue diagnosis is also taken. This information allows the practitioner to detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may contribute to a person’s health problems. This will allow the practitioner to construct a specific treatment plan for each individual.
Once an effective treatment plan has been decided upon, the acupuncturist will use fine, sterile needles at specific points along the meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion can unblock obstructions and create balance with the body. Once Qi is able to circulate freely throughout the body, adequate nourishment can be provided to the previously restricted areas. This will eliminate pain and provide harmony throughout the body. This also promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself, achieving optimal health by restoring homeostasis.
The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
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