Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago and has developed into an intricate system of diagnosis and treatment used all over the world. Traditional Chinese medicine theorizes that the 2,000+ acupuncture points on the body connect to form pathways called meridians. The meridians are conduits for circulating Qi (chi) or life energy. Qi regulates the functions and essence of the body, mind and spirit. Qi follows the principles of Yin and Yang-the philosophy of opposites in balance. If the Qi in the body becomes blocked or unbalanced, then pain, illness and disease manifest. The acupuncture needles, when properly placed, unblock obstructions and restore a proper balance in the flow of Qi.
The western scientific method has not identified Qi or meridians, however, it has shown that acupuncture seems to work on the neuroimmunoendocrine system. Acupuncture needles stimulate a complex system of nerves and reflexes in the spinal cord and brain that release the bodies own pain relievers, anti-inflammatory substances, and various neurotransmitters. These biochemical changes can reduce pain, improve mood, and increase energy levels.
Acupuncture is used to treat an array of injuries, painful conditions, and diseases. A few examples of conditions treated with Acupuncture include:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Perioperative pain and nausea
- Nausea associated with chemotherapy
- Functional bowel disorders