What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one aspect of Chinese Medicine. This Holistic Medicine also includes nutrition, breath work, movement, and massage. Chinese Medicine is a unique form of medicine as the mind, body and spirit connection are ingrained into its principles and philosophy. This medicine like nature is constantly seeking homeostasis in the body. When there is a misalignment it breeds dis-ease in its various manifestations. Application of the holistic elements of Chinese Medicine can bring the body back into a state of wellness.
Acupuncture is about energy. We are all make up of energy. Acupuncture channels are based in the yin and yang principle of balance. There are 12 channels, 6 yin and 6 yang, paired. Each meridian has different attributes- such as emotion, element, color, season, and time of day. It is a complex system- with multiple layers. However, simply when one of the meridians is deficient, or has an excess of energy, our bodies will seek to create balance by pulling in, or taking energy out of another meridian. Since all the channels are paired and closely connected, when one is off balance it affects it’s partner and the entire body. Hence, the reason Acupuncture is a holistic medicine, it is always treating the whole body.
Acupuncture is applied by inserting thin sterile stainless steel needles into various acupuncture points in the body. Metal needles are used as they are great conductors of electricity and heat.
Do acupuncture needles hurt? Not Really. Check out my blog on acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture needles are as thin as a strain of your hair. They are rounded at the tips, and the shaft is solid. They are not built to transfer fluids, hence not as large nor as sharp as syringes that doctors use. Acupuncture needles are tools to guide your body’s energy back into balance. It is a gentle and painless. And if you can’t get passed the needles there are other ways to get energy in your meridians moving.
By manipulating these acupuncture points with either needles, essential oils or pressure it shifts the energy (qi) of the body. It creates an energetic pull that provokes the body to initiate a healing response. Physiologically, acupuncture causes the brain to release serotonin (our “feel good” mood enhancer chemical) and natural endorphins into our system. These chemicals relax your nervous system, allow more oxygen and blood flow into your organ systems and provides a sense of relaxation.
Ted Kaptchuk, The Web That Has No Weaver, explains the basis of Chinese medicine. He writes: “The Chinese method is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole…If a person has a complaint or symptom, Chinese medicine wants to know how the symptom fits into the patient’s entire being and behavior. Illness is situated in the context of a person’s life and biography.”
Though Carine Camara Acupuncture specializes in emotional and mental health Chinese Medicine treats a full spectrum of conditions.
Your physical health and symptoms will improve with each session and your awareness (and love!) of self will grow as your commitment to your health continues. You will experience renewed energy throughout your days, significantly decreased stress, and you will have new and effective tools to confidently employ on your own if new symptoms arise.
Here are some of the health conditions that can be treated with Chinese Medicine:
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