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Ever wonder how Acupuncture works?

By Therese "Teeps" Poon

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine website: “Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.”

And you can read the whole article here:

According to Wikipedia, we’re all insane and it doesn’t work… so I don’t recommend that source as their view seems one sided.

According to my teachers and Chinese Medicine text books that are over 2000 years old:

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates the qi at points on or under the skin called acupuncture points. The qi then travels through channels called meridians. As acupuncturists, we stimulate these acupuncture points to encourage Qi flow and the body’s natural healing responses.

So, what does that mean in practice?

Well, a good acupuncturist will be looking to diagnose a person’s ‘whole’ health. We’re looking at how the Qi flows and doesn’t flow in the body, how it’s all interconnected and what are the root causes of the disruption.

For example, if you come into clinic complaining of a headache, we don’t just look at your head for the answers. We look at the whole body (from your head to your feet), but also at; the environmental factors, lifestyle factors, and emotional factors too. From there we can aim to find the root cause of the problem. Once we’ve found that, we can work with you to remedy the Qi disruption or imbalance. Which means although you have a headache, we might only put points in your feet or elbow and then suggest sleeping earlier, eating apples and keeping your feet warm.

I’ve had many patients look at me sideways when I suggest so many things that seem completely unrelated, but when looking at a wholistic view of health, everything plays a factor. And sometimes the simplest and easiest changes can make a huge difference.

So, it might seem strange and unrelated but it also might make the whole body feel a lot better.

If you have any further questions about Acupuncture, please feel free to email us and our Senior Acupuncturist Therese will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great and healthy July everyone!