"The real medicine is the one that returns the body to its inner balance"
what is acupuncture
THE holistic health care system
Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been around for thousands of years. The basic principles of connected anatomy and energetic physiology have been studied and utilized by numerous cultures from around the world. Starting in China this amazing system was studied evolved by the Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Europeans, Americans, and others. This ever-evolving art and science offers new opportunities for healing year after year.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine support your body’s immunity, emotional health, and ability to heal. It is a safe, painless way to address many different kinds of medical problems. Millions of people have utilized this effective natural treatment to get well and stay well!
What is Qi?
The true meaning of qi (pronounced chee) is up for interpretation. It is often called vital energy, though the symbol used in Chinese refers to it as the breath. I think of it as proper cellular respiration and communication that keeps the cells and tissues working properly. There are many types of qi. External factors such as viruses and bacteria are referred to as pathogenic qi. Different organ functions are named as different types of qi.
The clean air we breathe is called qing qi, while the food we eat is called gu qi. I think of qi as the potential in a system for change and self-correction. If a body is healthy and vibrant its qi is strong, abundant, and flowing. A body that is weak or ill often has weak qi, that is stagnated, or deficient. When your qi is harmonious your body will be balanced and healthy.
“Proper qi flow in the body is a sign of robust health. Signs of illness show that the qi of the body is out of balance and needs to be addressed."
How does Qi move?
Qi moves in the body in a series of lines called channels or meridians. Scientific investigation has shown us that the meridians are passages between the folds of fascia connective tissue that surround our muscles and body tissues. These passages are filled with body fluid rich in electrolytes and conduct measurable electrical charges.
A leading theory proposed by Dr. Luo in his book the Biophysics of Acupuncture states that these polarized water molecules form electrically oriented chains that can convey information within the body to help the body communicate and regulate its own internal environment.
Many studies have shown the effects of electrical current on healing, especially those on non-healing bone fractures. The use of electrical current along the length of the bone causes the broken ends of the bone to join as new bone tissue forms guided by the current. A similar principle is applied to healing damaged tissues. Other electrical signals in the nervous system help signal the brain to control the endocrine system and the rest of the body. These subtle signals inside the body are said to correlate to the flow of qi.
How is Qi disrupted?
The natural flow of qi in the body can be blocked by numerous factors such as long-term emotional imbalance, physical trauma, poor diet, lack of exercise, or even excessive physical activity. When these blockages or imbalances occur symptoms such as pain, emotional changes, or bodily dysfunctions can occur.
If we can fix the underlying condition and restore the bodily communication (flow of qi) the illness or injury will resolve. Learning to know what it is like to be balanced and truly healthy can alert you to the initial stages of imbalance and prevent you from suffering serious health consequences.
“Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are effective ways to correct imbalances in the body and resolve a wide variety of common health problems.”
What does an acupuncturist do?
An acupuncturist is trained in reading the body, identifying patterns of symptoms, and figuring out what kind of imbalance is taking place in the patient. After figuring out what needs to be addressed, the acupuncturist develops a treatment plan and discusses this with the patient. This plan includes lifestyle advice, and other types of treatments to correct the situation. The most common treatment is acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles (around the size of a human hair) into areas of the skin where they will interact with the meridian system to send corrective signals in the body. When properly done this treatment should be comfortable, relaxing, and very pleasant. Once the qi can freely flow, the body can regulate its own functions providing nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues, and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore proper function to systems that have been suffering. Sometimes results can be seen right away, other times the body will have to process the treatment before the results occur, usually in a day or two after the treatment.
Other types of treatments offered at Mr. Acupuncture are herbal medicine, Auricular Medicine (utilizing the nerve reflexes in the ears to treat the body), light and color therapy, and PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy). Together these can aid the body in removing obstacles to healing and bolstering the body’s natural healing ability.
Modern Research & Acupuncture
Modern science has begun to understand the secrets of this ancient medicine with the support of new studies conducted by leading scientists, hospitals and medical research facilities from all over the world. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care.