Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine with cultural roots in China, Korea and Japan. Documentation of acupuncture practices began over five thousand years ago.
Acupuncture: Ultra-fine needles are used to stimulate specific points along the skin, correcting the flow of 'qi' or energy through channels known as meridians. Diagnostic tools such as an inspection of the tongue and listening to the pulses aid in examination. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some feel energized by the treatment, while others feel relaxed. Acupuncture can help treat anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, chronic fatigue, depression, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, infertility, menstrual disorders, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions, ulcers, and weight control.
How It Works: Explaining how acupuncture works is an ever-evolving conversation in medicine. Explanations range from perspectives of wellness or symptomatic relief, to scientific familiarity or purely esoteric concepts. Some relate it directly to known models in medicine; such as the conduction and release of specific hormones or neurotransmitters, changes in vascular and neural pathways, or wound-healing and the value of the inflammatory response. Others discuss the role of acupuncture in regulating the immune system and balancing the body's stress response.
Early Chinese practitioners developed their medicine through a deliberate and careful study of mind, body, spirit and the natural world around us. The concept can be related to vibrational conductivity or micro-macrocosm analogies. It is widely accepted that acupuncture influences and moves qi, an 'unseen' source of energy that permeates our bodies and all universal creation. It offers the ability to alter blocked or stagnated qi, establishing a smooth flow of energy, and improving communication between all systems.