The Healing Art of Acupuncture
Acupuncture: The Healing Art
“Unused energy is the matrix of pain and/or transformation” – Jacob Atabet
Acupuncture is holistic healing.
Traditional Chinese medicine, thousands of years old, exists still because of its beauty and simplicity. It ties together man/woman and nature and the harmonious communication between them gives them their mutual health. We want to separate the way we stay healthy and the way we treat sickness. Allopathic medicine wants to separate the mind, body, and energy trying to treat only the symptoms. This leaves the cause of disease to fester or reproduce. Acupuncture and five element healing treats mind, body, and energy as a whole working to rid the body of interference therefore allowing innate healing to proceed.
The acupuncture system describes the circulation of energy in the body through a series of channels, called meridians, in which the life force, chi, flows. Just as with blood, lymph, and the nervous systems, there must be an open flow to maintain health. Your environment and everything you think and feel affects the flow of energy. When the chi is upset for a period of time, then physical symptoms may manifest. When the flow is open, and the organs are strong and functioning, there is balance, and all is well. The energy or chi flowing through the acupuncture meridians can be measured then treated as one of four levels. We evaluate through electrical signals on the skin measured from key points along the meridians or with muscle testing. We then understand how the energy is circulating.
How do we know where to treat for the best results?
Every 24 hours, the chi flows through the entire body and the twelve acupuncture meridians in a specific pattern, such that for each two-hour period one organ or meridian is dominant.
People who have a problem during a consistent time of the day may be evaluated with a condition related to a particular acupuncture meridian. We can lose energy, be less receptive, or be more or less emotional. The 12 principal acupuncture meridians flow over and through the body, in addition they have interaction with their associated internal organs and other related internal structures. The collateral system also incorporates a branching expanse of capillary-like vessels which spread throughout the body. Problem areas are specifically treated as well as associated meridian points to get the best health results and reduction of pain.
Needles, Cupping, Acupressure, Moxa, Electro
Chi becomes imbalanced. Like a river, it can be blocked, excessive or deficient. To rebalance the Chi, you stimulate acupuncture points to free the flow of Chi and return it to a more balanced state. Acupuncture works through neuro-hormonal pathways. This can lead to activation of pathways affecting various physiological systems in the brain as well as in the periphery. Opioid peptides are released during acupuncture and the analgesic effects of acupuncture are partially explained by their actions. Acupuncture needles stimulate blood flow and tissue repair at the needle sites. Needles send nerve signals to the brain that regulate the perception of pain and reboot the autonomic nervous system to a “rest and relax” state. Scientists now believe that acupuncture uses several of these mechanisms at once.
Chinese Cupping Philosophy
- “Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.”
- The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system.
- Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism…
- Cupping patients can expect a bruising at the treatment site.
Moxa or Moxibustion & Acupressure
- Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.
- Moxa is believed to expel cold and warm from the meridians, which leads to smothering the flow of blood and Chi.
- Mugwort, acts as an emmenagogue that is, an agent that increases blood circulation.
- Particularly to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. This could explain its use in treating, infertility, breech births and menstrual cramps.
- Acupressure finds the treating doctor stimulating key points along the meridians using forms of manual stimulation.
- Many doctors give tools and have them stimulate points in between sessions.
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