Acupuncture : what is it, and what does it treat?

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So many times I get the question “what is acupuncture and what does it treat?”  What does it actually do?  In an effort to answer that question, I will l give you a brief history.

This Ancient medicine originated in China more than 2500 years ago and is currently one of the most researched and respected forms of complementary medicine available .  The basic premise is that there are meridians in the body ( energy pathways ) that allow your Qi or energy to flow through the organ systems of the body. Traditional Chinese medicine theory states that where there is disease or pain, there is a blockage of this energy.  By placing tiny, sterile needles along certain points on these energy meridians your blockages can be released, allowing the energy to flow and restore balance in the body.  My personal opinion is that this was actually the nervous system, however 3000 years ago they may not have had this information.

Western medical studies show that acupuncture definitely affects the nervous system . Researchers have done baseline MRIs of the brain and then MRIs of the brain as different points are being needled.  Activity in the brain results as the needles are manipulated. Different areas of the brain light up as needles are inserted into certain points along the meridians. These studies are evidence that acupuncture has a mysterious, unexplained affect on the brain.http:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100204101736.htm

This mysterious ancient medicine treats many conditions effectively. From anxiety to chronic pain, emotional issues, stress reduction, digestive or respiratory issues,  tendonitis, sciatica, TMJ, neuropathy, inducing labour, infertility and many more. Most of the people I see in my practice come to me after they have exhausted all other options. It’s incredible and extremely rewarding to see them get results.  If something is plaguing you or if you just want to come in for wellness treatments, please contact me and we can discuss your specific needs.

 

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  • Thank you for this article! I think it’s fascinating to learn about the many uses of acupuncture! I myself used for infertility and know many people who have had success using it for a variety of conditions!

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