New “Alternative” Acupuncture Treatments Are Really Ancient!
Many of us are reluctant to try an ‘alternative’ treatment like acupuncture because it seems new and untested by time. While some alternative treatments are relatively new on the scene, that is not the case with acupuncture. This is a healing practice that originated in China in around 6000 BCE and has been an honored part of Asian healing tradition ever since.
Do you want to harness your body’s innate ability to heal itself? Try acupuncture, which helps your system clear out the energy (known as “chi” or “qi” in Chinese medicine) blocks so that it can better balance and heal itself; from the inside out. The main sensation that is experienced while you receive acupuncture is that of a light pressure on the Meridian where the needle is placed. Meridians are a system of specific pathways within the body that carry a person’s life force, or Qi. When the Qi in our body is in balance, we feel healthy and strong. Qi (pronounced Chee) is best translated as “life force”. It can be likened to currents of energy that flow through the body along specific pathways. This energy permeates the cells, tissues and organ systems and influences all of the physiological processes of the body. When Qi is not flowing properly, or when it becomes blocked, many different signs & symptoms of disease may arise. These can include pain, a weakened immune system, emotional difficulties, infertility, and ill health. The special needles are inserted into specific points on the body to restore the normal flow of the body’s Qi.
Once the body is in a balanced state, it can heal itself more efficiently.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately four dozen different conditions that can legitimately be treated by acupuncture. The most common uses for acupuncture in the West include:
- Pain Management
- Drug Abuse
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Gynecological and Obstetric Problems
- Sexual Problems
Numerous studies have also shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years but is recently trending due to its ability to build collagen, lift drooping eyelids, reduce eye bags, tighten double chins, and add muscle tone plus much more. Usually you see a difference right away but it’s kind of like taking your face to the gym!