What Is Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture is a technique rooted in this vast traditional medical system. It's origins date back to nearly 2,000 years ago, developing in the Han Dynasty. Historically, physicians used acupuncture to balance the bodies natural energy system. When this system was out of balance, patients would experience "Dis-ease". Today in Modern China, as well as in the west Acupuncture is used as an integrative medicine or stand-alone to treat a wide-range of issues. The technique involves placing tiny non-invasive needles that are inserted into specific anatomical points scattered throughout the body. By placing acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points you initiate a naturally-occuring healing response. Receiving acupuncture encourages the body to promote natural healing and to improve function.
How Does Acupuncture Work
It is with this perspective that Chinese doctors embraced a whole systems approach of the human body when treating diseased patients. They viewed that both mind and body are not separate entities but part of the same intelligence. Therefore, in resolving even physical issues it was important to have a strong emotional center. They used acupuncture as a tool to unite the mind-body into one. Acupuncture was said to increase circulation of blood and strengthen the life force, or Qi.
The Modern View Of Balance - The Stress Response
At times like this you would want every muscle in your body to work to the peak of its ability – and your brain to be super-alert. Evolution has obliged, and given us the stress response. In today's modern world it isn't the lion that after you, but the many stresses present from our daily lives. Past traumatic experiences both physical and emotional can all attribute to activating this stress response system. What started out as a natural defense mechanism now inhibits you on a daily basis. Putting energy into digesting your lunch, optimizing your immune system or ensuring you are fertile all become rather unimportant in chronic stressful situations.
By decreasing the effects of stress on your body with acupuncture and holistic treatments you are rebalancing and integrating your body back to it's own healthy nature.
Does Acupuncture Hurt
Preparing For Your First Treatment