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What Is Acupuncture?

Meridian Pathways
Meridian means neuro pathways

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.

Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Acupuncture has been used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to safely, effectively and naturally treat pain and disease. Acupuncture is insertion of sterile, hair thin needles into specific points on the body.Acupuncture points are places where the nerves and blood vessels are densely packed and stimulation of these points regulates the function of the brain, nervous system and internal organs to stop pain, increase circulation and restore normal functioning of the body.Hormones, neurotransmitters, natural pain -relieving substances and natural anti-inflammatory mediators also released during acupuncture to help stop pain and restore optimal functioning of the body. Effects of acupuncture include pain relief, increased circulation, improved functions of the; organs, nervous system and immune system. Reduction of muscle spasm, increased range of motion in joints, stress relief, relaxation, and overall a sense of well being

What is “Qi”?

“Qi” is an ancient Chinese medical terminology and means the physiological functions of the body and oxygen.

What are “Meridians”?

Qi means the physiological function of the body and oxygen.
Qi means the physiological function of the body and oxygen.

“Meridians” is an ancient Chinese medical terminology and means neuro pathways. These neuro pathways connects the whole body, including the organs,  through the fascia. Fascia is connective tissue fibers, primarily collagen and it’s highly conductive.  It can be found everywhere in the body beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs.Acupuncture affects the facia. There are fourteen main meridians (=neuro pathways) inside the body. The diagram to the left shows the meridian (=neuro) pathways in the body. Each of these are connected to specific organs and glands.

Qi means the physiological functions of the body and oxygen
Qi means the physiological functions of the body and oxygen.

Normally, when a physiological imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state (chronic), illness, pain, or disease can set in.

What does an acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Gathering this information enables we effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of the physiological functions that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. We can then create a well-structured treatment plan.

Once the imbalances of physiological functions are detected, we will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can elicite the body’s own self healing processes. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony (=homeostasis)  as well as the body’s ability to heal itself.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe, effective and drug-free therapies that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.
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