What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of treatment, effective in many conditions which have often not responded to conventional approaches. It involves the insertion of sterile needles through points in the skin (acupuncture points) which are shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems to encourage the free flow of Qi ("vital energy") through the body to restore a healthy condition and dispel pain.

The concept of Yin and Yang, considers that everything is an amalgam of opposites. The balance of these opposites is considered to be constantly fluctuating, a dynamic balance. When Yin and Yang of the body are imbalanced, there is dis-harmony, "dis-ease."

Ancient Chinese theorists believed that acupuncture affected the distribution of yin and yang in the meridians (energy pathways), bringing them into balance so that Qi flowed freely.

MODERN INTERPRETATION Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is excess. However, recent research has shown that needle insertions stimulate the production of natural pain-killing and other chemical substances such as endorphins, enkephalins, and seratonin.

Another theory (the "Gate Control" theory) suggests that acupuncture blocks the transmission of pain impulses from various parts of the body to the central nervous system.

Acupuncture Is Beneficial In The Treatment Of:

Allergies / Asthma yin yang Arthritis
Bladder / Kidney Problems yin yang Bell's Palsy
Constipation / Diarrhea yin yang Cough / Bronchitis
Dizziness yin yang Drug Addiction
Smoking Cessation yin yang Fatigue
Headache / Migraines yin yang Skin Problems
Gynecological Disorders yin yang PMS
Health Maintenance yin yang General Health
Heart Problems yin yang Heart Palpitations
yin yang High Blood Pressure yin yang
Immune System Deficiency yin yang Skin Problems
Sexual Dysfunction yin yang Stress / Anxiety
Pain Relief yin yang Joint Pain / Stiffness
Paralysis / Numbness yin yang Sciatica
yin yang Neck & Shoulder Pain yin yang
Sports Injuries yin yang Sprains / Strains / Breaks
Tendonitis yin yang Fibromyalgia
yin yang Chronic Fatigue Syndrome yin yang


Copyright 2009 Katrina Haskell, M.S., C.Ac.