Acupuncture With Ease
Acupuncture is a form of healthcare that began in China over 3000 years ago. The basic concept of acupuncture is that a living body has pathways of energy constantly flowing through it. This energy is called qi (pronounced "chee") and it flows to all parts of the body. When the qi is not flowing properly imbalance occurs in the body creating pain and discomfort on all levels of the body, mind and emotions. Acupuncture is a treatment that assists the body in restoring the balance of qi within the body. For the person whose context of healthcare is western medicine, this may feel like a foreign concept. Yet, the proof of the healing powers of acupuncture has been evidenced for centuries by people from all nationalities and all socio-economic cultures. Whether acupuncture is used to correct an imbalance in the flow of qi or to maintain the proper flow of qi, the objective is always the same; achieving the balance of qi in the body. The acupuncturist practitioner uses tools of questioning, observation, and examination of the pulse, tongue, eyes, and complexion, all of which are used in context of the whole and not symptoms in isolation. This "whole body" listening and observation provides the practitioner with an understanding of where the qi may be blocked and insight as to what acupuncture points on the body to use for treatment. Acupuncture engages the qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of qi. To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus - a detectable change within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. With modern technology scientists can now actually begin to "see" the body's response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI, researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.