- Raquel M.
Acupuncture is a method of regulating and strengthening the flow of vital energy by stimulating the body's pathways, which are called channels or meridians, with a very thin acupuncture needle to influence the flow of energy, alleviate pain or help treat various health and emotional conditions. These channels connect acupuncture points with the organ systems of the body and provide that flow of vital energy, or "Qi" to every cell. A basic premise of acupuncture is that when there is emotional or physical pain, there is stagnation in the flow of energy and when there is free flow, there is no pain. When we experience pain or illness, it is often a sign that we have fallen out of "right relationship" with our body’s innate ability to adapt and heal. In treatment, we work together to free up areas of constraint and tension, allow the Qi move freely, while supporting the bodymind's instinctive movement towards well-being.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicine, encompassing a broad range of practices, is one of the oldest forms of medicine in use today, and is used to treat more than a quarter of the world's population. Part of what makes this system of medicine different from what we in the west are familiar with is the Daoist belief that everything is interconnected, and that we are reflective of and connected to our environment. With Chinese Medicine the question is not "How do we get rid of these symptoms?", but "In what way is the system out of balance?". There are many branches of Chinese Medicine that one can make use of, including dietary therapy, massage, QiGong and Tai Chi, meditation, herbal medicine, and acupuncture.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Here is a partial list of conditions that can be helped by acupuncture,
according to the World Health Organization:
- Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Back/Neck/Shoulder pain and Sciatica
- Tendonitis/Bursitis and Overuse Injuries
- Headaches and Migraines
- Colds and Flu/Sinus issues/Bronchitis
- Constipation and Diarrhea/Acid Reflux
- High Blood Pressure
- PMS/Painful periods/Menopausal Symptoms
- Morning Sickness
- Shingles and Post-Herpetic Pain