Acupuncture is the physical act of strategically inserting ultra-thin needles (think thinness of hair and not thickness of hyper-dermic needles) into various acupuncture points along pathways known as acupuncture meridians which run along the entirety of the body. When the acupuncture needles are inserted they access the dynamic energy known as Qi (pronounced ‘CHEE’) that flows through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments restore the body’s natural Qi flow thereby rebalancing and restoring the body into a naturally healthy state.
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities. When acupuncture needles are inserted they activate the acupuncture points which connect to the dynamic energy known as Qi (pronounced ‘CHEE’). The acupuncture paradigm of healing is based on the Chinese medicine’s fundamental belief that if the Qi flow is disrupted, not allowing it to flow freely throughout the acupuncture meridians of the body, disease will result. By accessing the Qi through the acupuncture points we restore the natural flow of Qi thereby restoring the body to health.
From a more scientific perspective acupuncture has been shown to trigger endorphin release (the pain relief, feel good hormone), improve circulation and speed up recovery from injury by stimulating the dilation of blood vessels in local areas. Acupuncture has also been shown to reduces levels of cortisol and stimulates immune system cells (T-cells) to provide a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Furthermore, it has been shown to regulate the brain by changing brain chemistry which has an effect on heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow, breathing, body temperature, and serotonin output which regulates moods and emotional responses.
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Acupuncture as a branch of Chinese Medicine originated in China over 3,500 years ago making it one of the oldest healing modalities in the world. Although it had spread all over Asia and Europe long before, little was known about it in the United States until the 1970s. During former President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1971, a journalist working for the New York Times who was accompanying him developed appendicitis requiring an emergency appendectomy. After his surgery he was treated in China with acupuncture to assist in both post-operative recovery and pain relief. He was so impressed by the results he saw that he wrote an article for the New York Times titled “Now, About My Operation in Peking.” In the late 1970s the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized acupuncture and Chinese medicine for treating approximately four dozen common ailments. As they say, the rest is history. Acupuncture has evolved and gained more and more notoriety over the past 50 years in the United States from both word of mouth, as well as the the countless studies that have supported its efficacy in restoring and maintaining health and improving overall quality of life.