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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 Meridians or Channels that cover the entire body. There are 365 classical Acupuncture points associated with the 14 Meridians. These points and meridians, mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice have show that skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points will produce predictable results in the body.
How does acupuncture work?
The core of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that we all have a complex system of channels which flow throughout our body distributing Qi or Life Energy to all of our tissues. When there is an obstruction in the flow of Qi or an imbalance in the Yin and Yang, health problems arise. Acupuncture can help to remove the blockage and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.
I know Acupuncture involves needles. Does it hurt?
Generally speaking, Acupuncture should not be painful. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange. Sometimes you can feel Qi running up or down the body or a limb.
The acupuncturist may manipulate the needles to achieve better treatment results, and you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness tingling or dull ache. Occasionally you may like you’ve been stung by a bee. This should pass almost immediately, and does not have any lasting sensation. If it doesn’t, tell your practitioner right away so he can adjust or remove the needle.
Occasionally you may feel a throbbing ache, which may also be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition. At no time, though, should you have any sensation that is beyond your tolerance level. If you do, let your practitioner know right away. The fact is that the vast majority of clients report that, after a while, they begin to feel a real sense of well-being, almost euphoria.
I’ve Heard that Acupuncture is holistic. What’s that all about?
Holistic Medicine is a rather large area of study. Basically, it means treating a client, not as a collection of symptoms and body parts, but the whole person, body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Of these, only the body exists on the physical plane. It is said that the other aspects of a person exists at higher energetic planes.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine one of the important aspects of diagnosis is to evaluate a client’s Shen or spirit. There are a few guidelines for evaluating ‘Shen’, but mainly it is an intuitive insight into how a particular client will respond to treatment. One may be said to have a strong Shen, and prognosis will be good. A weak ‘Shen’, means a poor prognosis.
Emotions have long thought to be at the root of many diseases and conditions. In Chinese Medicine, the 5 cardinal emotions of Joy, Anger, Worry, Grief, and Fear are thought to be primary causes of diseases. Strengthening the Liver for example has the effect of reducing Anger, the Liver’s associated emotion.
There are also Acupuncture points for ‘calming the mind’ and ‘strengthening the spirit.’ In a Holistic model of health, disease and disharmony that take up residence in the body when any combination of physical, environmental, psychological, and emotional stressors disturb the normal function or organ systems. In most cases these energetic disharmonies can be addressed in treatment. Often, with early detection there is no need to wait for the disease to fully manifest in the body.
A part of Chinese Medicine is devoted to promoting wellness and longevity. Supporting the body’s ability to adapt to the various health challenges it is presented with day to day will have broad benefits for the immune system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. Keeping the body strong and resilient so it can resist illness and disease is the most fundamental principle of holistic health in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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