Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
How Acupuncture works inside your body
Acupuncture moves, regulates and balances the Qi (translated as “life energy” or “life force”) that flows through the human body along electromagnetic pathways called meridians. These pathways are interlinked so that what happens in one part of the body is reflected in other parts of the body. The organs and muscles and bones and nerves and all the myriad parts of our organic, energetic, whole system are connected and interacting, along with our emotions, thoughts, and spirit. If one part of the body malfunctions or is harmed in any way, then other parts are also affected, disturbing and un-balancing the Qi. When this happens, we experience discomfort, distress, illness or disease. Acupuncture, as it intervenes and re-directs the Qi and corrects its flow, helps the body recover and restore its balance, health and well-being.
What the Needles Do
In Western medical terms, acupuncture works by using thin needles to direct our body’s signaling systems, namely the central nervous system and our hormone-producing glands. Needles inserted at the site of an acupuncture point trigger the release of biochemical signals in the central nervous system or hormones from our glands into the muscles, organs, spinal cord and brain. In turn, these signals instruct and influence our body’s self-regulating systems. One of the most important examples and perhaps most often felt, is the dramatically reduced experience of pain.
What You Will Feel During Your Treatment
During an acupuncture treatment session, 1 to 20 metallic needles (the thickness of three strands of hair and an inch and a half in length) are inserted into the body. The needles, just breaking through the surface of the skin, remain in place for 15 to 30 minutes. Unlike the hypodermic needles used for injections, acupuncture needles are not blunt, do not have holes in them and do not remove tissue. Instead, they are solid and thin, come to a smooth point and are rarely ever described as painful.
Each person experiences acupuncture differently. What is called ‘the needling sensation’ – or the stimulated arrival of Qi – varies from acupuncture point to point. You may not feel anything at all as the needles go in and remain during the treatment. You may feel pressure, numbness, tingling or warmth. Or you may feel an ‘electric’ sensation of the qi radiating from the point of insertion to another part of the body. All of these are normal needle sensations experienced during an acupuncture treatment.
If this is your first experience with acupuncture, you will be rewarded and inspired and you will find yourself in better health because of it.CONTACT US TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR CONSULTATION