How does acupuncture work?
The theory of acupuncture is based on Qi (pronounced chee), the vital force or energy of the human body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi is circulated in all parts of the body via energy channels or pathways called meridians, and this energy flow is more or less similar to the circulatory and nervous systems. When there is an interruption or blockage or imbalance in the flow of Qi in the meridians, it causes pain and illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Various factors affect the smooth flow of Qi, such as injury, poor nutrition or improper diet, misalignment with Spiritual Purpose, or even infection by harmful microorganisms. Other factors that disturb the balanced flow of Qi are extreme climatic conditions (cold, wind, heat), as well as the emotional state (pleasure, dejection, stress) of an individual.
Acupuncture can help to restore this balance, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.
What ailments can it address?
common conditions treated with acupuncture:
General: Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care.
Women’s Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Conception Difficulties, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems.
Men’s Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence.
Pediatrics: Asthma, Cough, Digestive Problems, Behavioral Problems, Ear Infections, Sleep Problems.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below is a list of disorders for which acupuncture is effective (according to the NIH):
Muscle, Bone and Nerve Pain and Diseases; Sprains & Strains, Back Pain, Leg Pain, Foot Pain; Stiff Shoulders and Neck; Lumbago, Sciatica, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Painful Joints; TMJ, Toothache, Headache, and Migraines; Arthritis, Facial Paralysis, Bell’s Palsy, and Fibromyalgia.