Ask Nurse Colleen: How Does Acupuncture Work?

Question submitted by Richard Q. of Astorville

What is Acupuncture? How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture exerts a therapeutic effect on the body by influencing the nervous system and circulatory system to optimize and maintain health. Initially, through a multifaceted effect on the physiology of the body, acupuncture is able to remove the energy blockage within the body and allow the systems to flow. In the oriental model of acupuncture, ch’i or Qi energy is absorbed into the human body via a portal of energy on the skin. By stimulating or puncturing these points, using very fine disposable needles; the flow of energy in the body creates harmony and balance to provide life-giving and sustaining energy.

The Chinese named twelve pairs of meridians after different body organs. Six start in the toes and six start in the fingers and each meridian system has varying points. If these systems become blocked and cannot circulate, pain or loss of body function occurs. In Chinese Acupuncture, the balancing of the Yin and Yang (opposite polarities) brings the body into a state of wellness.

In the French and Spanish model of acupuncture, the ear is stimulated using pins and beads. The ear is a homodyne to the body. By stimulating the auricular points, this form of acupuncture creates a reflexive response with the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Auricular acupuncture is the treatment of choice for addictions such as smoking and alcoholism. White spots on the ears indicate areas of weakness in the body.

Acupuncture is a fine art and takes many years of practice to become a master. I have been practicing acupuncture for approximately twenty years and have taken many courses. Using a combination of various acupuncture techniques, employing needles and lasers, patients are often able to quickly get relief from pain. You only have one life to live so it makes sense to live your best life through enhanced health and wellness. Don’t delay, book your appointment today. Call Colleen at 705-840-2251.

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