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Acupuncture

Classical Acupuncture:

Classical Acupuncture is a healing modality based on the laws of nature. It is based on the principle that health is maintained by a balanced flow of energy, or chi, throughout the body. Illness is associated with an imbalance in the flow of this energy.

Acupuncture treatment assists nature by influencing a person's vital energy in such a way that it may return to its natural flow and balance. This allows the body, mind and spirit to return to health.

Classical Acupuncture takes into account the marvelous complexity of each person. Thus, the practitioner looks to the person with the disease, and not just the disease itself.

Symptoms are seen merely as distress signals and not in themselves the prime imbalance. By addressing the underlying pattern of disharmony, Classical Acupuncture looks to treat the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves. As balance begins to be restored and the particular condition improves, one may also begin to experience an improved quality of life.

The effect of good acupuncture is to do more than relieve symptoms. It is directed at restoring the overall energy balance, the results of which are great enjoyment of life, increased vitality, better sleep, more normal appetite, regular elimination, and an overall sense of well-being. This approach - where the whole person is treated as well as the symptom - is referred to as Classical Acupuncture.

Eastern Explanation:

The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked. Needles are inserted at various points along the meridians to regulate the flow of Qi. As an example: If there is a blockage in the meridian, the needle insertion helps to remove the blockage.

Western Explanation:

Definition of Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

Explanation of How Acupuncture Works:
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.

The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for PMS. and infertility.

The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.

Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.