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Thursday, April 21, 2011

What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy that dates back over 2500 years. By inserting very thin, sterilized and disposable needles into acupoints along the body, practitioners aim to regulate the body’s natural energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) into a state of harmony that promotes optimal wellness.

Chinese Medicine theorizes that pain and sickness (whether physical, mental or emotional) arise from an imbalance of energy in the body. This imbalance can manifest as too much or not enough energy in a given area. Since energy travels through the body along channels, manipulation of acupoints along these channels can correct the flow of energy and restore health.

From a Western Medical standpoint we are only just finding out how acupuncture works. More and more research is being done showing the effectiveness of this healing modality. Presently, the World Health Organization supports the use of acupuncture for close to 60 health conditions.

We do know that acupuncture increases endorphin flow in the body which reduces pain and eases feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, it decreases cortisol levels, the trigger hormone to weight gain, lowered immunity, adrenal fatigue, heart disease and inflammation. Inflammation in the body is now considered to be responsible for the majority of popular “Western” diseases.

Some of the more common disorders that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine effectively treat are:

* Chronic Pain

* Headaches and Migraines

* Digestive Disorders

* Infertility

* PMS and Menstrual Disorders

* Stress Management

* Weight Loss

* Menopausal Symptoms

* and many many more...


Acupuncture has gained considerable popularity in this country for one simple reason… it works.

2 comments:

  1. Yay! One of these days I will have my first ever acu session with you! I'm glad you will be my first. I WILL get over my needle phobia! :)

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  2. I look forward to it Jenna. This is actually a common fear among many but when they see the needle used and then feel instantaneously relaxed, the fear is gone.

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