East Asian medicine of acupuncture is a thousand-year-old medical theory. It applies philosophy of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and embraces a cosmological view of human existence. It looks at the human system as a microcosm of nature.
Within this framework, acupuncture theory explains the various energetic pathways in our body. We now have many studies showing acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating variety of conditions such as pain, digestives issues, GYN issues, stress, etc. But scientific explanation of the true mechanism of acupuncture is not yet available. New findings in quantum physics attempt to explain the acupuncture meridian system, but even this hasn’t uncover the whole picture. But clinically we know that meridian pathways travel throughout the body affecting organ functions, muscles, ligaments, fascia, and electrical and chemical processes in our bodies. We can illustrate roughly how the meridians work using an image. Keep in mind that we are talking about a multi-dimensional and non-linear system.
Imagine an electric web. It wraps around the entire internal and external space of your body. Every single cell in your body is connected through this web, and in a constant state of movement and regeneration. To maintain your physical identity, your cells have to breakdown old cells and reconstruct new ones. This process happens every second throughout one’s life and ends when one dies. For this uninterrupted task, the cell needs the material for the reconstruction, and energy to carry on the function. These two mechanisms combined is referred to as Qi.
Problems occur when there is stagnation, or a “traffic jam” in the flow of electricity. Cells connected with lines that are “jammed up” are unable to perform their tasks. This results in an abnormality in regenerated cell structures and impairment of the functions. It is obvious that problems can occur when entanglement is not resolved for a long time. This affects one’s body, mind, and spirit, which belongs to the same matrix.
The number one cause of this energy-matter entanglement is stress.
We now know that stress plays a major factor in most diseases. Stress causes a person to constrict parts of his body. This causes entanglement of electric lines, which are all connected to various organ systems within the body.
We all have tangled energy circuits in different parts of our bodies. And our bodies in its wisdom compensates, until the load becomes too much to handle. The most common signal that the body sends is pain, which tells us that there is blockage of qi and blood. There are other signs, such as digestive issues, poor sleep, hormonal imbalance, elevated blood pressures, phlegm accumulation, sinus issues, frequent colds, fatigue… The list goes on.
Acupuncture treatments disentangle the energy pathways.
Sometimes it takes a while for the body to get the message. Sometimes all you need is one treatment for the body to return to its proper function. It all depends on your constitution. And the severity of entanglement, and the duration of the disease. Your current stress load and life style also play an important role.
But each time you receive a treatment you are peeling back a layer of the onion. You are allowing more space and mobility within your system. You are activating the innate healing mechanism within your body. This is why acupuncture often requires long-term treatment.
There are no quick fixes because your body is a complex organism. When you become ill, the body has compensated by holding pathology at bay. The level of disharmony determines what functions can be sacrifice to save more important activity. The work of returning your body to original function requires care, time, and commitment. But the pay off is far greater than any quick fix can offer.
You can take a medication to try to stop a symptom, but you are not correcting the underlying problem. Instead, you are adding more stress to your body to handle this new foreign substance. A symptom may disappear for a while, but others will follow. You have not done the work of healing. You are merely managing a symptom, which may be necessary and crucial at times, and this is an important discussion to have with your primary physician.
In most other cases, using medications to stop a symptom is like brushing it under the rug. It can be even worse, because the chronicity of disease greatly impacts other energy circuits in the body. Remember all things are connected in your system.
Regular acupuncture treatments will help you have more energy. Because regular acupuncture sessions will free up the energy your body is using to deal with the disentanglement. These sessions will help you feel deep ease within yourself and a great way to prevent and minimize illnesses.
Consciousness lies within every cell of your body. As you disentangle the web, you will find greater freedom of emotions and thoughts as well. Making you more vital, strong, and at peace with yourself.
Overview of Conditions That Acupuncture Can Address
Bloating & gas
Constipation & diarrhea
Heart burn / GERD
IBD & IBS
Stomach pain & cramps
Psychosomatic pain and illness
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Menstrual cycle issues
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Back pain, knee pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle / tendon strain
Repetitive motion injury
Tension neck syndrome
Thoracic outlet compression
Trauma or injury
Adverse reaction to radiotherapy or chemotherapy
High Blood Pressure
Emotional and physical support during pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting
Shortness of breath
External conditions, such as wind, cold, heat, damp, and dryness, can disturb fluid metabolism and thermodynamics in your body.
There is also internally generated wind, cold, heat, damp and dryness, etc. . These internal conditions are often generated by emotional upset and improper diet.
About 70% of our body is water, and heat regulation is a critical function of this physiology. A balanced, wholesome diet and emotional well-being greatly improve these dynamics in our body. But we all lead busy lives. We get upset and indulge our cravings. Or we are busy and don’t have time for nourishing meals. Fluctuating weather conditions and stress also weigh on our immunity functions.
Herb can help you.
How does herbal therapy work?
East Asian herbal therapy looks at the whole ecosystem of the particular herb. Each herb has a story of how it survives a climate.
For instance, when our body loses balance due to humid weather conditions, we look for herbs that thrived in humid conditions. In our bodies, they will help eliminate pathological damp and restore balance. When we take herbs, we are ingesting the knowledge and wisdom of the environment they lived in. The wisdom and knowledge is transmitted to every cell in our body and this creates an alchemical transformation that restores internal balance.
Gua-sha & Cupping & Tui-na
Gua-sha, cupping, and Tui-na massage are great therapeutic modalities. Often used for clearing stagnation, blockages in the meridians, fascia, and skin. Each promotes circulation and ensures smooth flow of Qi, blood, fluids, and nutrients. These techniques aid in lymphatic function, regulate hormones, and improve other important mechanisms in your body.
Gua-sha involves pressing the skin with a soft-edge tool. Read More
In cupping, cups are placed on the body with gentle suction to draw out stagnation.
Tui-na is a therapeutic massage technique to release tense muscles or warm the channels.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy using various herbs. The most commonly used herb is Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris). The heated herbs are placed directly or indirectly on acupuncture points. Therapeutic heat and herbal properties penetrate deep in the body. It’s a gentle and soothing therapy that warms the meridians and increases circulation. Modern research findings show that moxa increases white blood cell counts in deficient patients.