Acupuncture is a method of alternative medicine that focuses on the ‘action’ of the body in relation to its ‘location’. The location of a person is measured by a particular meridian which, in turn, contains seven other meridians. Acupuncture focuses on the differences in the pressure created by these meridians as they cross over.
The quality of that pressure can be considered the ‘balance’ of one’s Qi. By changing the activity of the qi, the balance of it can be shifted. It may have been suggested that the elevation of the meridian in the neck allows more flow of Qi to flow. A decrease in the pressure caused by the meridian and the resultant imbalance of Qi flow will result in a more toxic environment in the body and result in an imbalance.
One of the terms used in acupuncture is ‘Qi’. The word “chi” in Chinese refers to ‘energy’ while ‘qi’ is the word used for ‘life force’. The phrase ‘life force’ is often used to suggest the belief that it permeates all things. Qi is believed to make up the vibrations, pressure, frequency, and energy changes in everything in existence.
Many people believe that their body system (the Qi, or body system) is connected to the energy flow through the body meridians (meridian lines). Their belief is that by connecting the meridians through acupuncture the way they do in traditional Chinese medicine, the body’s Qi will increase. It is this rise in the Qi that will improve the health of the person’s body. The enhancement of the body and the greater health of the person will result.
The meridians are thought to bring back the life force in the body when they are unbalanced. This energy is required for all sorts of functions of the body. They provide the foundation for how the body develops. That means that the imbalance is not only the effect of unhealthy lifestyles but can also come from other problems in a person’s life.
The theory is that if the meridians are unbalanced the system cannot function properly. Their function is weakened, leading to health problems. Because of this imbalance in the Qi, they are said to be able to become more toxic. It is thought that by using acupuncture, it will be possible to bring them back into balance.
The process of acupuncture is very similar to performing other forms of therapy on a patient’s body. There is an incision made in the skin above the area where the meridian and the Qi meet. The skin is then sutured and stitches are removed after about a week. In some areas of the body, there is a need to make multiple incisions.
The needle used in acupuncture is placed under the skin at the skin line. The exact type of needle used is decided upon by the practitioner. Generally, a double-pronged needle is used with the second prong on the underside of the skin. The needles are not sharp but do cause some pain.
Depending on the problem being treated, the practitioner will make subtle adjustments to the acupuncture needle so that the qi pressure is different from the general qi. For instance, there may be some nerve damage in the leg because of arthritis that would need to be treated differently than a sciatica problem. While the needle is in the body, it provides for the different pressures.
There are a number of different things that are known to improve with acupuncture. It helps to improve the circulation of the blood, relieve pain, help heal injuries, reduce stress, as well as boost the immune system. Some diseases that acupuncture can help with include chronic fatigue syndrome, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, anxiety, chronic insomnia, depression, bad food cravings, hemorrhoids, as well as many others.
Although it is common knowledge that acupuncture has benefits to overall health, less is known about its benefits to certain types of ailments. Some people do not believe it’s that beneficial to other types of diseases and ailments. Others may still have doubts.
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