How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is the most identifiable modality of Chinese Medicine. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine I am trained in the use of herbal remedies, nutrition, lifestyle health, tui-na (massage), cupping, moxabustion, and...acupuncture!
When performing acupuncture, I use single-use, sterile, disposable stainless steel needles at several spots on your body in order to effect change in the behavior of your bodies qi (chee). Qi is a Chinese word for your bodies organizational life force. In other cultures, qi is also known as Prana and Spirit. But, what exactly is "organizational life force"? Mostly, it is explained as the energy of life. This energy arrives when a living thing is inspired to develop and leaves a living thing once it has died. There is an amazing video captured by two research scientists of the development of the facial features of a frog. This short clip shows a single-signal of unknown source defining the separate anatomical features of a tadpoles face from a shapeless zygote. The light you see tracing the delineation of the features is qi. Every single cell of your body is constantly giving off flashes of light. This light is qi. This light is organizing your body, your life. Here is the video, it get's really neat 30 seconds in:
When an acupuncture needle is inserted, what I call a "micro-trauma" is created as a signal to your body (via the nervous system to the brain and other organs) to begin a conversation with this organizational life force. This conversation is redirectional. Meaning, when the qi is disordered, disease and pain result. The act of needling redirects this qi back toward the organization of wellness. You see, it's all the same qi, behaving as wellness or behaving as disease based on all the conversations being had with your body.
At all times your body is responding to multiple conversations. These conversations are happening with your body and your mind, your body and your diet, your body and your emotions, your body and your lifestyle choices, your body and physical activity, your body and your environment, your body and topical products (make up, soap, aftershave, shampoo, etc,), your body and medications you are taking. Your body is extremely powerful- just think of all the stories you hear about people surviving terrible traumas! The biological wonderment that is the human body has it sights set on LIFE. Your body wants to be well, in spite of the tough times many of us are putting ours through. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are wonderful tools for servicing our magnificent machines to serve us as long, and as well, as possible.
There are a few things acupuncture isn't. Acupuncture is not another person giving you their energy. Acupuncture is not abstract. Acupuncture is not psychic. Acupuncture is not derived from wishful thinking or hope.
Acupuncture is an evidence based science crafted from thousands and thousands of years of recorded research and results. It is one the oldest recorded medical sciences on the planet. One of our main texts of this medicine, the "Shanghan Lun", was written before the year 220.
Chinese Medicine and it's powerful modality of acupuncture work to restore the conversations within your body which have gone awry and are causing disease-symptoms or pain. When you work with me, I can also provide insights and suggestions you may implement outside of my clinic to further relieve you of your symptoms and pain. As always, if you have any more questions about acupuncture or Chinese Medicine, please use the email form on the home page and I will be happy to answer!