WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a system of traditional Chinese medicine and can be traced back 5000 years. According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these two forces are in balance, the body will be healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee"), flows like rivers along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance and so keeps the yin and yang balanced. However, the flow of energy can sometimes be blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. A disruption in the flow of energy can lead to illness.
Fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along meridians (the lines of energy/qi) to restore the natural balance of the body. There are also non-invasive techniques of acupuncture, which can be used at home for self-help, such as manual acupressure, acupressure wristbands, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, moxibustion. The best non-invasive acupuncture in the world is multichannel laser acupuncture points stimulation, which has been shown, by MRI study, to have same effects as needle acupuncture in addition to laser healing effects. it is also pain free.
There are believed to be over 2,000 different acupuncture points that lie along the body's meridians. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles or pressure relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal. Acupuncture is believed to balance yin and yang, keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and restore health to the body and mind.
Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture's effects, primarily those on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body's self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.