Acupuncture, one of the oldest forms of healing known, originated in China nearly 5,000 years ago. It is a complete system of healing, recognizing the body, mind and spirit. Eastern philosophy indicates that there is a life force called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), energy which flows in a harmonious way, creating balance and health. Qi that is blocked however, will create disharmony and imbalance, which can cause disease or pain. Acupuncture releases theses blockages through the application of fine needles, alone or in combination with heat treatment (moxibustion).
Acupuncture helps to balance the complementary forces of nature, or “yin-yang.” By fine-tuning these energy pathways (meridians), problem areas are unblocked. This restores balance to the Qi, enabling it to flow freely so that the body-mind-spirit as a whole can heal itself.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture works directly with the connective tissue of the body. Connective tissue is what attaches all parts of the body to one another; from muscles to organs. When we are under stress, muscles and this tissue contract; adrenaline production goes into overdrive and our autonomic nervous system becomes impaired. Blood vessels and nerve pathways become constricted, impeding blood flow and creating pain and discomfort in the body-mind-spirit.
When a specific acupuncture point is stimulated, it affects the electrical impulses of the connective tissue and sends a direct message to the muscles and organs to relax, thus allowing blood to flow more freely. This, in turn, allows the lymphatic system to work more efficiently and the body’s own immunity becomes regulated. The nervous system is thus more balanced and the body returns to homeostasis. In otherwords, while acupuncture is performed on the surface tissue of the body, it is actually affecting the pathways which run deep into all of its systems.
ACUPUNCTURE CAN IMPROVE
SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH:
- Respiratory Problems:
Asthma, sinusitis, colds and flu
- Digestive Dysfunction:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Pain:
Back problems, migraines, neck injuries, pain associated with Lyme disease.
- Gynecological Conditions:
PMS, menopause, infertility
- Nervous System disorders:
Depression, anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue, adrenal overload.