What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an Asian technique used to treat many medical problems by inserting fine needles into various active points on the body.
The use of acupuncture dates back to somewhere between the 5th and 3rd centuries B.C. Acupuncture began in China, but soon spread to other Oriental countries and in the past century has been practiced in Europe and the Soviet Union.
How does Acupuncture Work?
An acupuncturist observes symptoms of disease, and then locates the specific meridian or channel points that are blocked. The acupuncturist then stimulates those points by placing a thin needle into the skin to clear the channel, and allow Qi to flow freely again. By placing and manipulating the needles in the proper points, the acupuncturist brings Yin and Yang back into balance, which restores good blood circulation and a healthy nerve system.
From a purely scientific western perspective, when a needle is inserted into the skin, it inserts a signal to the spinal cord and brain. This then instructs the nervous system to ignore the present pain or modify a particular body function.
Needles remain in place for anywhere from twenty minutes to nearly an hour; typically, the patient is simultaneously relaxed and invigorated, and it is as common to fall into a light sleep. At the end of the treatment, the needles are removed, and in most cases there is no bleeding following treatment.
Does Treatment Hurt?
Following insertion of the needles, patients usually experience only a sensation of pressure, followed sometimes by a slight tingling. In some cases, patients can actually feel the Qi flowing at or near the acupoint, and some even report feeling the free circulation of their Qi as it is restored.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine's theory, the basic energy force of life which flows through all living things is called Qi (meaning energy flow). When this force flows through the human body, it travels along twelve primary and two secondary channels or "meridians". As Qi flows through the channels, it helps circulate the blood and also affect the nervous system.
Qi (energy flow) has two aspects to it: Yin is the negative aspect and Yang is the positive aspect. Yin and Yang must be in balance for Qi to flow freely and for all living beings to function properly. When Yin and Yang are out of balance, the body is susceptible to pain and illness. Traditional Chinese medical theory says that disease is usually caused by functional disorder first. When we mention functional disorder, we mean poor blood circulation and an imbalance of the nervous system. If Qi flows freely through the channels, when Yin and Yang are well balanced, the body will be maintained in good condition.
What is Qi?
The core of ancient medicine is the philosophy of Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy. Qi flows throughout the body, and a person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Qi runs along meridian pathways in the body.
Headache, migraine, stroke, Parkinson’s, bladder dysfunction
Muscle pain/cramps/weakness, arthritis, sciatica, backache, disc problems, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow
Eye, Ear, Dental conditions:
Poor vision, cataract, tinnitus, nervous deafness, toothache, post extraction pain, gum problems
Sinusitis, common cold, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma
Infertility, PMS, cramps, menopausal symptoms
Insomnia, depression, anxiety, nervousness, neurosis, PTSD
Other Benefits include:
Copyright © 2018 Killeen Acupuncture & Wellness - All Rights Reserved.