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Acupuncture-Preventative & Restorative Medicine
Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,500 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. In ancient China, classical acupuncture was practiced within a framework of preventive medicine and the doctor was paid only when his patient was well. The acupuncturist's primary goal was to promote continuing good health. For this reason one does not have to be sick or in pain in order to benefit from treatment. In fact, people using psychotherapy or meditation find acupuncture treatment promotes and expedites the desired growth process.
While acupuncture is potent preventive medicine, it is also effective in treating persons who experience physical, mental or emotional symptoms. In acupuncture theory, pain or any symptom, for that matter, is nothing more than congested or stagnate energy. That is what we do with acupuncture---we release the congestion, move the energy and get the Life Force flowing again.
When the core congestion is released, thenhealing easily takes place.
How Acupuncture Works
Outcome studies have often documented acupuncture's helpful effects; however, Western science has not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works. At best, modern studies suggest acupuncture stimulates one or more of the body's signaling systems, (ie. peptides that stimulate biologically programmed responses) which can increase the healing response.
The Chinese describe acupuncture in relation to the fundamental laws and principles governing all of Nature. Underlying this ancient system of medicine is the view that we reflect Nature; that the Five Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal) which operate in Nature relate to the functions of
the human bodymindspirit. The Life Force is the energy that comes into the body with the first breath and leaves with the last. It flows regularly throughout the body along precise pathways (meridians), entering and leaving the body at specific points (acupuncture points) that give direct access to the vital organs, such as heart, liver, stomach, etc. Imbalances or blockages of this flow are precursors of disease.
The condition of the Life Force is assessed through Oriental pulse diagnosis, the sound of the voice, the emotions exhibited, the symptoms presented, and the body's response to the palpation of certain “reflection points” located throughout the body. Once a diagnosis and treatment plan
are formulated, the acupuncturist will discuss with you the direction treatment will take. Then by use of hair-thin, stainless steel the needles inserted into the acupuncture points, or the application of heat (moxabustion) at those points, the energy is moved. In most cases, the needles are inserted with the rhythm of the breath. You may not feel anything when the needle is inserted or at the
very most, you may feel a sensation much like a bee sting as the needle contacts theLife Force.
What Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncturists do not treat disease per se. They treat people, who among other things may have disease. As a holistic energetic medicine, acupuncture treats the blocks or imbalances in the Life Force and is often highly effective in treating psychosomatic, functional and stress disorders. Acupuncture is not an effective treatment for birth defects (i.e. congenital heart disease) or structural disorders (i.e. broken bones). However acupuncture treatments may improve the
quality of life or expedite the healing process of persons experiencing these difficulties. Acknowledging that health is more than simply the absence of disease, acupuncturists often treat patients without overt symptoms. An expansion of health and well-being is always possible, and those who come for treatment as an adjunct to psychotherapy, meditation or Western medicine find results come in the areas of greater vitality, more reserve energy; a fuller sense of one's self; less fear, more nourishing relationships; more restful sleep; freedom from small aches and pains, etc. An underlying sense of well-being regardless of circumstance is achieved. This is the quality
of health possible for everyone.