What is Acupuncture & How Does it Work?
Author: ANCP Date Posted:26 May 2016
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is one of the oldest health care systems. This holistic form of healing predates recorded history and originated in China. Acupuncture aims to improve overall wellbeing as well as restoring and regulating energetic balance in the body.
Fine needles are inserted into specific points called acupoints along the body’s meridians (energy channels) to clear energy blockages; this enhances and stimulates the free flow of qi (chi). Qi (life energy) flows through the body’s meridians and each is linked to a specific organ; if there is an inadequate supply of qi or the flow becomes blocked this can cause pain, disease or illness. Restoring the balance and free flow of qi helps to restore health and consequently relieves pain.
Over thousands of years acupuncture points have been mapped out and recently these points have been confirmed via electromagnetic research.
Science has also shown that when acupuncture points are stimulated, endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) are released which stimulate nerve paths to override pain and block pain messages being delivered to the brain. Acupuncture is a great way to provide drug-free pain relief and is becoming widely used and recommended by doctors and even hospitals.
How can acupuncture help?
This ancient form of healing has been used for thousands of years to help treat a multitude of conditions. Here are just some of the conditions acupuncture may help:
- Arthritis and joint problems.
- Back pain.
- Shoulder and neck pain.
- Weight control.
- Stress and anxiety.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Heart problems, palpitations.
- High blood pressure.
- Bladder and kidney problems.
- Gynaecological disorders.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Allergies, asthma and coughs.
- Digestive problems.