What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatment is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine that originated in China and has been practiced for over 5000 years. The Chinese were keen observers of nature and saw the importance of balance in human beings, just as they saw in nature. The yin-yang balance in our bodies is always changing, and it is natural for it to do so. When the body becomes too yin or too yang, we have illness. Acupuncture works to restore this balance.
There is an invisible life force that flows throughout the body called “chi.” Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of chi energy in the body by the insertion of hair-fine needles into specific points on the body. These points lie along 12 meridians or pathways throughout the body that corresponds to ten organs and two functions. Imbalances in the chi energy are determined by taking the pulse on each wrist.
Moxabustion is also used along with acupuncture treatments. Moxa is from a plant called mugwort. The plant is dried, ground and sifted into a soft cotton consistency. It is rolled into small cones and placed on acupuncture points and lit with incense so it warms the point before needling. Moxa nourishes the chi and increases the flow of chi to aid healing.
There are many different systems of acupuncture practiced in the world. I practice Worsley Classical Five Element Acupuncture.
Wondering if this ancient practice of medicine [acupuncture] to diagnose and treat an imbalance of chi is right for you and your needs? There are numerous reasons to consider this option. However, an inability to get relief from other forms of treatment shouldn’t be the only reason to look into these forms of medicine. In fact, many even consider this to be their first option for the care of a particular issue or illness. But everyone is unique and has specific needs and challenges that present themselves to be addressed. The average patient should plan on a minimum of 5 or 6 treatments a week apart to start seeing significant improvement.
The Law of Cure
A word about something called “The Law of Cure” in acupuncture. Since acupuncture treats the “cause” of illness, and not just symptoms, sometimes after treatment a person may feel better in some ways and worse in another. The Law of Cure says you heal from within to without and above to below. For example, if you have neck pain and after treatment your neck pain is better but you knees hurt, that is things moving down the body, above to below. If you are stressed or anxious and after treatment you feel calmer and sleep better that night but your body is achy the next day — temporarily — that is things moving from within to without. It is like peeling layers of an onion as you start to heal. You can learn more about the Law of Cure here.