Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective form of medical treatment.
Very thin needles are inserted into the skin at certain points along energy pathways. Only sterile, disposable needles are used. There is a sensation of energy, but no pain. Acupuncture is non-invasive and absolutely safe.
Within minutes, acupuncture induces a state of deep relaxation. Acupuncture releases endorphins, body chemicals that reduce pain and create a sense of serene calmness.
Acupuncture restores balance to the body, mind and emotions – it can relax tense muscles, increase blood circulation,enhance tissue healing, reduce inflammation, correct hormonal imbalances, enhance immunity, improve sleep, elevate a depressed mood and more. Acupuncture does not stop at treating symptoms – it helps correct underlying imbalances and maintain overall health and well-being.
What is Qi?
Acupuncture theory is based on the concept that a vital energy flows through the body along certain pathways. The Chinese call this energy Qi (pronounce “chee”, also spelled C’hi). If this energy is in balance, we feel healthy and well – if it is out of balance, blocked or insufficient, then we experience symptoms of illness.
What are Meridians and Points?
The energy pathways are called meridians or channels. They are a network of energy that brings nourishment to organs, cells and tissues, just like rivers and streams and the canals connecting them are a network of waterways in a landscape.
Acupuncture points are energy centers on the channels where the energy tends to stagnate and go deeper – just like a whirlpool or eddy in a river. They often are located along body landmarks where the tissue changes, like a joint or the insertion of a muscle.
Some interesting research facts about acupuncture points:
- Points have higher electric conductivity and lower electric resistance than surrounding areas.
- Points are slightly warmer than non-points.
- Points have denser tissue and more nerve endings.
Trained, sensitive practitioners can feel points by palpation – they often feel softer and more “energetic” and “vibrant” than other areas.
How is the flow of Qi disrupted?
Just like debris or a dam can cause water to back up, there are many causes for a disruption of the flow of vital energy. Physical injury, emotional trauma, stress & overexertion, poor diet, lack of exercise or sleep, seasonal changes and extreme weather, environmental toxins or a congenital deficiency are some.
Normally the body has an amazing resilience and ability to bounce back. But when a disruption is excessive or prolonged, chronic illness may develop. This is where acupuncture comes in: the needles gently unblock stagnation and reconnect a disrupted energy flow. Acupuncture helps the body to correct imbalances and return to its natural state of balance.