Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles about the thickness of a human hair in specific points on the body for therapeutic purposes. Exactly why this works is a more complex story.
The Chinese believe that there is an all pervasive energy that animates life in the universe. This energy is called Qi (pronounced Chee). Qi is everything from the sun shining down on our face in the morning to the blood pulsing through our veins. Qi gives us life and sustains everything around us.
Qi courses through the body in channels. This system of channels is like rivers that supply the entire body with energy. It is believed that disease results when the flow of qi is blocked or hindered.
At certain locations along these channels, or meridians as they are often called, the Qi can easily be stimulated with pressure, needles and heat to build deficient Qi, move stuck Qi, and/or disperse excess Qi.
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What Might Acupuncture Help?
Always, my first answer to this question, is that Acupuncture helps people – meaning that I don’t single out one symptom at a time to be treated, but see the person as a whole being -body, mind, and spirit. Traditional Acupuncture works by treating the underlying cause of the symptoms. By treating holistically, the practitioner supports the patient in shifting the symptoms that pervade the entire person. Often, symptoms gradually ease and may leave entirely. Acupuncture is also used for health maintenance and preventative care as well as for personal and spiritual growth.
The World Health Organization recognizes over forty conditions that benefit from acupuncture. These include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, addictions, mood swings, fatigue, insomnia, back ache, pain, asthma, arthritis, joint pain, headaches, migraines, infertility, allergies, digestive problems, neurological problems, and respiratory problems.