What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that had evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have used this non-invasive treatment method to help millions of people to become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power 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 conditions.
What is QI?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that QI (pronounced chee), the vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi 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.
How Does Qi Move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians inside the body.
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows it transports life giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
How is Qi Disrupted?
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. The blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs, and glands.
Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.
Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well being, However, when this disruption of prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain or disease can set in.
What Does an Acupuncturist Do?
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical
exam may be conducted, which may include a pulse and tongue evaluations.
Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints are meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself, ultimately leading to optimal health and well being.
Acupuncture is recognized by leading national and international health organizations to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can help with:
- Adverse reactions to Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy
- Abdominal Pain (in Acute Gastroenteritis or due to Gastrointestinal Spasms)
- Allergic Rhinitis (including Hay Fever)
- Bell’s Palsy
- Cancer Pain
- Chronic Gastritis
- Morning Sickness
- Diabetes Mellitus, non-insulin dependant