What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the Four main pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The other three pillars are Herbal medicine, Tai Chi & Chi gong exercise therapy and Tui Na (Chinese Massage). TCM began over 2,500 years ago in China and has been evolving ever since then. Acupuncture practice involves assessing an individual's body as a whole. It takes into account a person's natural tendencies as well as all past and current medical conditions and how they may be contributing to the person's current state of health.
There are over 365 acupuncture points that reside on the surface of the body along specific pathways otherwise known as channels or meridians in Chinese medicine. Acupuncture involves the use of very fine, sterilized, disposable, stainless steel needles. These needles are gently inserted into a handful of acupuncture points based on a person's individual needs determined by a thorough evaluation process.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture channels and their points can be understood very simply by the following analogy. Acupuncture points can be viewed as areas of convergence similar to highway intersections between primary and secondary roads. Just as coastal highways ( meridian channels) can interconnect to various roadways and take us on a journey into the heart land of the country so can the acupuncture points and their channels connect the surface of our body to our internal body systems. Recent research has shown strong correlations between acupuncture points and channels and how the connective tissue system of our body works. This connective tissue system (fascia) which begins in our skin constitutes a continuous network enveloping our muscles, bones, tendons, nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels. It continues into the interior of our body into our chest, abdominal, and pelvic cavities connecting with all our vital organs. Through mechanical, electrical, and chemical signaling the connective tissues of our body can communicate and connect to different systems such as our nervous, hormonal, cardiopulmonary & immune (including inflammatory pathways in the body) systems of our body. So if we needle an acupuncture point or “highway intersection” the ability to communicate with the body and therefore "more internal roadways" is enhanced compared to a non-acupuncture point. In short, this is how Acupuncture can treat many western medical conditions such as headaches, pain, sinusitis, digestive ailments, urinary, gynecological, neurological (i.e. Vertigo, dizziness, Parkinson's disease) and infertility issues to name just a few.