is a means of adjusting the body's life energy (chi or qi) through the
insertion of fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points
along the meridians of the body. The needles, which have a rounded end
rather than a sharp cutting one, are inserted into the points and are
then manipulated with a gentle pumping action, by twirling or leaving in
place for a few minutes.
motions stimulate the flow of energy and remove blockages so that the qi
can be dispersed and regulated. When the qi is flowing properly
throughout the body, the balance is restored and improved health results.
does it work?
many theories have been presented, there is still no easy answer as to
exactly how acupuncture works. The "Gate Control" theory
suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord or
brain at various "gates" to these areas. Since a majority
of acupuncture points are either located near, or connected to neural
structures, this suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system
to "shut the gate" to the sensation of pain. Other theories
suggest that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic like
substances such as endorphins and opiods which, when released into the
body, relieve pain. One thing is certain, although we may not know
precisely how it works, studies have shown that it does work for a large
majority of people and conditions.
I have to believe in it for it to work?
answer to this question is no. While having a positive state of mind
helps with any type of treatment, conventional or otherwise, it is not
necessary to "believe" in acupuncture for it to work. This is
evidenced not only through clinical study in "non-believers",
but by the fact that animals and small children who cannot be instructed
to "believe" receive relief through the use of acupuncture.
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Points and Meridians