Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is an ancient system of medicine that originated in China over 3000 years ago. According to Oriental Medicine, our health is dependant on a balance between our genetic make-up, our lifestyles, our emotional life and the environment. Energy, known as Qi, circulates through our bodies, coursing along numerous channels, like waterways, known as meridians. Many of these meridians also traverse our organs and so can be utilized to tap into the energy of an organ that may be out of balance. Smooth flowing energy gives us vitality, free movement, inspiration and lights up our Spirits and our minds. Pain and disease are result of internal imbalances, or blockages of qi in our organs or meridians, or sometimes invasion of environmental influences, such as cold or wind or dampness into our bodies.
Because Oriental Medicine has a unique way of looking at health, and has methods of rebalancing a person’s energies, it often can treat symptoms that are overlooked in Western medicine, or even diseases that are considered incurable. The emphasis is placed on understanding the individual, and all aspects of the patient’s health, including physical, emotional, environmental and lifestyle issues. In this way the practitioner works to rebalance of the patient’s energy, rather than treat a specific disease or diagnosis.
Acupuncture is a branch of Oriental Medicine, that uses thin, stainless steel needles that are carefully inserted into specific points along a meridian to affect the qi flow through that meridian or into a specific organ or area of the body. Needles may also be placed into areas of pain to release blockages and reduce the pain. Most people report a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation during and after an acupuncture treatment.
Other aspects of Oriental Medicine include the use of herbal formulas, massage, acupressure, electricity, heat and nutrition.
Acupuncture can often help acute and chronic pain, and has been shown by the National Institute of Health to be effective in treating menstrual disorders, chronic headaches, and addiction. It has also shown promise decreasing the side effects of chemotherapy. Many insurance companies are now covering the use of acupuncture for different types of pain. Again, because it is looking at balancing a person’s energy, many diseases can be addressed using acupuncture.
Acupuncture is also an excellent therapy to minimize side effects and help support the entire body during a cleanse. It can stimulate elimination in a variety of ways: increasing urinary output, increase elimination through the intestines, inducing deep respiration, enhancing liver function and relaxing the nervous system, thereby decreasing stress and allowing the immune system to function properly. It can also help release emotional blockages, as each of the organs in Chinese medical theory are directly linked to specific emotions.
Acupuncture is widely used in many states in rehabilitation from drug and alcohol abuse. Many people have found it soothing, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. In general detoxification, acupuncture can help a person find relief from many of the symptoms that arise while their body is eliminating toxins, such as headaches, sleeplessness, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, irritability, etc. Furthermore, it enhances the action of other therapies, such as hydrotherapy, and saunas by stimulating the different organ systems through specific acupuncture points.
Acupuncture has profound effects on the whole being. It acts to balance a person’s energy and support the healing process.