How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture remains the most widely applied medicine in the world today. Here’s why acupuncture continues to produce results.

As a health system, acupuncture continues to thrive after thousands of years, being done almost identically today as it has always been done. The fact that acupuncture and herbal medicines have survived the test of time,  gives credibility to the medicine and to its efficacy, and its ability to deliver acceptable results to patients who try it.

“How” acupuncture works depends upon whom you ask.

If you read the Traditional Asian Medical writings on acupuncture, you will quickly discover that this form of medicine comes from a perspective that some type of life-force (often called chi–pronounced “chee”) gives life to everything around us. This force works on and through us, as it does throughout the entire spectrum of Creation.

Although we cannot measure this force, this chi, we can certainly recognize that in its absence, life ceases to exist.

From and energetic medical perspective, chi flows through your body and directs all physical functions. You might say that chi is “behind” all physical health and vitality.

When chi flow gets constricted or imbalanced (often through physical, emotional and mental stresses), pain, discomfort and/or disease are all possible results that will follow from this decreased energy flow.

The purpose of acupuncture is to strategically place sterile needles (more like fine wires, really), into specific places on the body that are known to redirect your chi, and help you re-balance your entire body.  By balancing your chi, the physical body will regain its balance and vitality, because the energetic blockages causing pain, discomfort or disease have been removed.

Acupuncture has a very high success rate for what I would call non-critical health imbalances. If you have migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, back or neck pain, irregular menstrual cycles–just to name a few–then acupuncture is a great medicine.

For more serious conditions, such as cancer, acupuncture can often help manage side-effects from chemotherapy (such as nausea and fatigue).

Because acupuncture is not injecting the body with any medicine or otherwise using outside resources to alter your body’s natural state, it is a safe, complimentary health model that can bring balance to your body whether used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medicine.

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