Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, hair-thin needles at specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. The needles help circulate qi and blood, as well as redistribute the body’s energetic resources (some areas may have too much energy and some may have too little). When the body is under stress, energy and heat can stagnate in vulnerable areas and create symptoms of disease. My job is to clear this stagnation and treat any underlying vulnerability which is at the root cause of the stagnation. Compared with Western medicine, I am interested in treating the root cause of disease rather than treating only the symptoms.
How does acupuncture work?
The operating philosophy of traditional acupuncture is that disease is caused by interrupted energy flow at specific points on the body’s surface. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles at key points in order to stimulate and harmonize qi (energy) flow in the body.
Modern scientific research finds that potential physiological benefits of acupuncture include:
- Increasing peripheral circulation
- Augmenting skin and muscle blood flow
- Decreasing heart rate and reducing elevated blood pressure
- Regulating autonomic nervous system
- Normalizing gastro-intestinal motility
- Boosting immune function
- Balancing reproductive hormones