Acupuncture, one of many alternative medical procedures and a form of ancient Chinese medicine, in which fine needles are inserted deep into the skin at strategic points. Heat, pressure, small pulses of electricity, and laser lights can be used in the same points to generate a similar effect. Acupuncture is one of many holistic healing therapies with ancient roots, used to eradicate pain and illness. Others include acupressure and cupping therapy, to name a few.
Varying from its archaic roots, modern acupuncture includes one-time-use needles that are sterilized, stainless steel, and as thin as hair. Unlike hypodermic needles that tear the skin, acupuncture needles simply and gently separate the skin on the way inside. A soft pinch can be felt, but it’s unusual to feel any pain.
So How Does Acupuncture Work?
In Ancient China, acupuncturists believed that qi (your body’s life force and energy) could be blocked, creating and perpetuating illness and disease. The use of these fine needles helps to unblock these deep channels of energy in your body, which helps regenerate and nourish that life force.
From a scientific perspective, the stimulation caused by the needles sends signals through the body, requesting blood flow and tissue regeneration – which is exactly what happens. Acupuncture also helps to illuminate swelling and inflammation. Studies also reveal that acupuncture calms the brain and activates the rest and recovery areas within the brain.
What is Acupuncture Used For?
- Neurological conditions
(Including Headaches & migraines)
- Psychological conditions
- Skin conditions
- Gynaecological and obstetric disorders
- And much more…
Acupuncture Needs To Be Accompanied By Self Care
Like any other major therapy, as center integrative medicine suggests, we need to take care of our bodies, minds, and spirits to accompany healing therapies and promote wellness. This is a method of disease and illness prevention. No one can expect to treat their bodies and minds poorly, and have good health! Likewise, the sooner you start caring for your body, soul, and mind, the sooner you’ll be living a healthier life.
Eat what your body needs, avoid unhealthy and fattening foods, get proper rest and exercise. Think positively to maintain mental balance, and consider meditation to help control stress levels. Balance is key to maintaining health!