Acupuncture uses sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles to activate specific points along the meridians. This facilitates the flow of Qi through the body, stimulating the body’s natural healing ability.
Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Tuina bodywork, and herbal medicine, is an ancient healing system that may have developed in Asia beginning 5000 years ago. There has been evidence that many other cultures around the world used acupuncture as well, but the Chinese have been able to preserve it in writing through the millenia.
Acupuncture is based on the concept that all living beings are made of many types of Qi (pronounced Chee). Qi is the vital energy or life force that circulates in the body along energy pathways called “Meridians.” Meridians connect each of the 12 main organ systems and other extra meridians and provide pathways for the Qi and Blood to travel.
Perfect health is when Qi and Blood are strong and flow freely together through all of the meridians to every cell of our bodies, nourishing the body, mind, and spirit. This relies on us being able to digest all foods, emotions, and experiences, taking in what feeds us and eliminating what doesn't.
Imbalanced or obstructed Qi leads to sickness and pain. The origin of the imbalance can be either emotional, spiritual, or physical, but if it persists long enough it can affect all three. For example, a life-changing situation of extreme stress can often bring on some physical ailment like digestive problems or back/shoulder pain.
Acupuncture treats not only the physical symptoms, but the emotional root of the imbalance, by balancing and energizing body/mind/spirit. It is an amazing medicine on it's own, but there are a lot of other techniques in the Oriental Medicine toolbox. Moxibustion and heat therapies supplement Qi where it is deficient, fire cupping helps to detoxify and balance, and herbs are great for all of the above and more.
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