For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture originated in China and to this day, there are specific hospitals in China that use only acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat their patients. At this time, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners and acupuncturists exist not just in China but all over the world.
TCM practitioners and acupuncturists believe that the body must maintain a balance between yin and yang as well as a correct flow of life energy (“Qi”) and Blood. Qi supports the activities required to sustain life (digestion, breathing etc). Qi also supports the tissues and organs that make up the human body. It is believed that Qihas certain pathways (meridian) that it must flow in order for the body to function.Qi can be obstructed, stagnated or even weakened. Once the Qi has been disrupted, the body exhibits certain signs and symptoms. Here is a list of some common conditions and symptoms that can be helped with acupuncture:
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Memory Loss
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Appetite
- Sinus Congestion
- Carpal Tunnel
Acupuncture aides the body in correctingthis disrupted Qi by using specific points along the Qi pathways. In total, there are approximately 360 classical acupuncture points. These points can be thought of as adjustment valves which can be used to regulate the flow of Qi and Blood. Stimulation of these points is traditionally done with very fine needles. However, other methods such as laser, acupressure and ear tacks can also be used to stimulate the desired points
Acupuncture is not “voodoo” or “magic”. It is deeply rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy but scientifically proven to be a powerful healing tool. Western Science has determined that acupuncture promotes greater blood circulation, stimulates the nervous system, releases pain reducing hormones and strengthens the immune system. These results benefit everyone but especially the elderly who may suffer from a multitude of conditions. As always, make sure all health history information is disclosed to your TCM practitioner and/or acupuncturist. Also, speak with the health professionals involved in your care to establish the correct course of therapy.