What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is widely believed to have originated in China around 100BC, making it one of the oldest (along with moxibustion) practices in Traditional Chinese Medicine. From China, acupuncture first spread to Korea around 514AD and then to Vietnam in the 8th century. During the second half of the 17th century, acupuncture spread from Asia into Europe and by the 19th century the practice was common throughout the world.
Today, acupuncture is widely practiced throughout Asia, Europe, North America & Australia and is gaining greater acceptance almost daily as studies proving it’s efficacy continue to be published. In fact, the NIH (National Institute of Health) in the U.S. publicly supports the use of acupuncture for certain conditions and prestigious academic medical centers including Harvard, Stanford, John Hopkins and UCLA all have acupuncture treatment programs. In the UK over 50% of practicing MD’s prescribe acupuncture to their patients!
In practice, there are over 400 individual acupoints all over the surface of your body. Each of these external points correlates to an internal organ or system. By stimulating specific points with either very fine needles (acupuncture) or pressure (acupressure) we can elicit a beneficial response in the organ or system that corresponds to the point being stimulated.
The pathway between these points, organs and systems has been traditionally known as meridians. There are 12 main meridian “pathways” and the traditional belief is that there is a “flow” of energy along these meridians and between the external acupoints and the internal organs and systems. If this “flow” of energy gets “stuck”, then various health issues arise. By stimulating the right points that correspond to your unique health situation, that energy flow gets “unstuck”, returns to its normal state of flow and balance and your symptoms improve.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture (and acupressure) is exceptional for pain relief, stress reduction and balancing and relaxing an overburdened nervous system. I regularly use it to treat:
- Pain related issues such as: headaches and migraines, low back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms, sprains and strains, sport related injuries, etc.
- Chronic inflammation
- Stress and anxiety related issues including emotional, family and job related stressors
- Colds, Flue and immune system problems
- Nervous system dysfunction (getting that constant state of fight or flight under control)
- Nausea and other digestive problems
- Allergies and autoimmune conditions