Due to its outstanding efficacy, Chinese medicine has seen very little change to its core principles and modalities winthin the last 3000 years.
One of its greatest pervading modalities is Acupuncture. It has been shown that the needles used in acupuncture are indeed versatile in their uses and effects. When used with skill and discipline, acupuncture needles can harmonize the functioning of the body's organs, optimize the use of its energies and vital substances, strengthen its defenses, relieve pain and inflammation, improve the healing of scars and trauma, calm the mind, and balance the emotions.
Acupuncture needles are often painless and are only inserted very superficially just below the skin. The effect the needles have on the organs is due to what is called "viscero-somato nerve respose," meaning the correct sensation effected on the surface is communicated to the corresponding organ on the inside. However, like all other modalities in Chinese Medicine, the unique perspective that gives acupuncture some exciting advantages in health care, is that it attempts to find the balance of qi, pronounced (chee). Using a single acupoint on the ankle, for example, may fortify the ankle, relieve lower back pain or headache, strengthen the function of the kidney and bladder, and help to calm anger or anxiety. Acupuncture recognizes the relationships and bonds between all these aspects which may normally seem separate. It's a completely holistic concept which views all phenomena as an organic whole.
How then do you refer to everything acting together as one, everything as a whole? We simply call it qi. It is observed in Chinese medicine that all things are not only connected to each other, but balance each other perfectly as well. The job of the acupuncturist then is not in fighting disease, but in directing the body's functioning to effect a proper and natural balance. When the body is balanced and harmonized, disease has no means to manifest itself and any disease that would have otherwise come can be prevented long before it arises. See your acupuncturist regularly to stay balanced, find harmony with the seasons of life, and discover health that only gets better with age.
The World Health Organization has listed these as some of the conditions which Acupuncture can benefit:
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