How Can A TINY Needle Produce Such Big Results In Our Bodies?
Acupuncture is a component of Chinese Medicine that can be traced back at least 2500 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains that health is a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes “Yin” and “Yang” and the life force that we contain within ourselves known as “Qi,” which translates to “vital energy.” Acupuncture is based on the premise that among these forces, there is a system of pathways called meridians. Meridians are located within the internal body and move vital energy, which in turn moves blood. From a Holistic perspective, disruption of this internal flow is believed to be responsible for pain, tension, disease and illness. When there is an obstruction between the internal force and blood, our internal organs become either under or over nourished, which causes an overall bodily imbalance.
Imbalances to our internal flow (Qi) can be corrected by stimulating the acupuncture points on one’s skin that lead to a specific meridian system. The acupuncture points focused on will depend on the condition being treated. From a Western Medicine point of view, acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. This stimulation targets the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, as most acupoints are near large nerves that run throughout the body. The resulting biochemical changes stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities which influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms. These changes promote physical and emotional well-being by allowing the body to relax and begin the healing process.
The meridian pathways for Qi (energetic force) and blood flow are accessible through 350 acupuncture points on the body. Inserting fine needles into these points with appropriate combinations and a treatment plan is said to bring the energetic flow back into a proper, harmonious balance. Once a harmonious balance is put into place, the body reaches a level of homeostasis, making disease less likely to occur. Each meridian pathway correlates to an internal organ system, and each acupuncture point on its specified meridian is able to stimulate a particular role of that organ. By choosing a combination of points pertaining to a patient’s condition, we can treat the root problem and restore any obstruction or energy blockage that is causing their symptoms.
In Holistic medicine, we aim at treating the overall root cause of disharmony, rather than just the symptoms proceeding the initial problem, because every condition stems from an internal imbalance. Prior to treatment, we will complete a detailed consultation to determine the root cause of the condition, usually an energy obstruction between organs, and acupoints that target that specific organ system are chosen.
Acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, mental/emotional, women’s health and more because each condition arises from either a deficiency or excess happening within an organ(s) energetic system. If we are looking at conditions regarding blood flow, we will target blood building organs such as the liver, heart and spleen. If one’s condition pertains to mental/emotional conditions, we will focus primarily on any heart imbalances, as this is where we get a sense of all our emotions. If one is suffering from digestive issues and fatigue, we will focus on the stomach and spleen meridians as both are responsible for digestion and the spleen transforms nutrients to provide our day-to-day energy reserve. Each organ system plays a unique and important role to help maintain a homeostatic balance between energies and blood throughout the body. When the mind, body and spirit are energetically in harmony, disease is less likely to occur.
While you may not currently be suffering from chronic pain or dreading certain symptoms, keep in mind Acupuncture along with Chinese Medicine is all about preventative care. Keeping in touch with your bodily systems and reassuring that homeostasis is being contained by coming in once a month or every two weeks can be extremely beneficial for your long-term health. An ideal level of wellness is all about creating and maintaining a healthy balance, not waiting to seek treatment when an issue arises. As an acupuncturist, I’m here to help you reach those 2021 health goals. Feel free to contact me or one of the experts at Choice Health Centre to book a consultation. Happy wellness.