WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a three thousand-year-old method of healing. According to ancient Chinese philosophy, energy or (Qi) flows through channels or meridians in the body, which contain well-defined individual acupuncture points. Each channel pertains to a particular organ and touches upon neighboring organs in a complex matrix system. Each of the acupuncture points along the meridians has specific functions. Acupuncture involves stimulating these points with fine stainless steel needles to initiate those functions.
During the 17th century missionaries returning from China brought back incredible stories of Chinese doctors curing illnesses with needles placed in the skin. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that acupuncture received notice in America. People traveling with President Richard Nixon to China brought back stories of acupuncture anesthesia used during surgery. Today, acupuncture has an established place within the ranks of the scientific community and modern medicine. Research has not only explained some of the mystery, which surrounds this ancient method, but is currently using this knowledge to gain technological advances in many other areas of medicine, as well as human behavior. Through the use of needles, pressure, electrical currents, sound waves, and even laser light; the acupuncture meridian system is accessed to treat illness, promote healing and strengthen body systems.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The acupuncture meridians have been likened to a “fifth circulatory system”. This internal energetic current system provides nourishment and organization to the physical and cellular structure of each organ system and surrounding tissues. Individual points (there are over 360 acupuncture points) along the meridian system serve as “micro-intelligence centers”, relaying information, diagnosing, and correcting imbalances via their energetic influence. Acupuncture restores wellness by correcting the disorganized energetic patterns of disease and dysfunction.
By modifying the energy field environment, our body is able to repair and strengthen itself. This is an important concept to grasp, as it explains why acupuncture treats the root of the problem and not just the symptoms. A simple analogy I often use is that of a cockpit in an airplane. As each of the buttons and switches in the cockpit control certain aspects of flight, so do individual acupuncture points fine-tune the functions of the human body. For example, there is a point on the lung channel which clears heat and phlegm from the lung. Another point on the same channel stops coughs and sore throat. By stimulating certain points, or combinations of points in concert, we are relaying energetic messages to restore homeostasis. Acupuncture is safe, effective and generally painless. Read how ACUPUNCTURE FACILITATES LIFE CHANGES.