Acupuncture developed 3,000 years ago in ancient China. An acupuncturist uses the pulse to assess a patient’s state of health. Using needles, an acupuncturist activates pressure points. These special places all over the body can regulate circulation in order to promote healing.
in Chinese Medicine, there are two substances that are said to circulate throughout the body: blood and “Qi.” Qi is bio-electrical energy. Below is the written character for Qi:
This character is created by combining the symbol for rice and the symbol for air. When glucose from the food we eat and oxygen from the air we breathe are metabolized in the body, energy is produced. This is Qi.
According to Chinese Medicine, Qi flows through pathways called acupuncture channels. An acupuncturist can change the flow of Qi and blood within the body by activating acupuncture points that lie along the acupuncture channels. Acupuncturists mainly use points on the arms, legs and back. Here is a comprehensive chart showing all of the acupuncture points:
Acupuncture channels travel all over the body and enter into the internal organs. Therefore, acupuncture can regulate cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive disorders.
An acupuncture point is similar to a reset button. Stress, improper diet, overwork and lack of sleep can tax the body. Acupuncture resets the flow of blood and Qi back to normal. Acupuncture is a tool to help the body heal itself by bringing oxygen and nutrients to areas that aren’t functioning correctly.
Through the lens of Western science, modern researchers have studied the affects of acupuncture on human physiology. According to the research, acupuncture helps balance the nervous system. It increases the function of the nerves that promote sleep, proper circulation, digestion and relaxation. At the same time, it calms the “fight or flight” aspect of the nervous system, routinely triggered by the stress of modern life. Balancing the function of the nervous system is integral to a wide variety of conditions. The nervous system is the infrastructure that allows the body to repair injuries and function properly.
Chinese Medicine recognizes the reality that every person is unique. Using my knowledge and experience, I create a unique treatment for each patient, specifically designed to address their physical and emotional well being.