“I hate needles!”

I can’t tell you how often I hear that. For those who have tried acupuncture needles for their health, the story gets changed. For the manifest relief the needles bring, the slight discomfort becomes a welcome respite as pain and symptoms ease away. Used in the east for many centuries, the philosophy of Chinese Medicine has finally been well translated and taught to westerners.

How does acupuncture work?

The Chinese would say that over and above the skeletal, muscle, organ and nervous system, there exists a meridian system that flows through the body like electrical wiring. In Chinese Medical philosophy, disruption of the electrical system, be it through trauma, poor diet, excess stress, or bodily changes due to aging can lead to disease and ill health. By using fine needles at exact sites the body’s wiring can be altered to affect positive changes in physiology, which results in improved health and decreased pain.

I love Chinese Medical Philosophy. It’s a paradigm that works well within itself. Chinese Medical Theory suggests, for example, that if a person is having trouble sleeping, it’s because the spirit can’t return to the heart at night to rest. Doing points along the Heart channel can make a difference. This happens through its affect on the nervous system.

Acupuncture works by stimulating points that refer into and through the nervous system. By choosing points that affect sleep the brain biochemistry that regulates sleep (rebalancing seratonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain) can be changed.

This is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is useful for a long list of conditions, or ‘patterns’ as the Chinese would say:

  • Headaches
  • Sinusitus
  • TMJ pain
  • Anxiety
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chest pain
  • Depression
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Stomach problems (IBS, Crohn’s)
  • Liver and gall bladder problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Leg pain
  • Foot pain
  • and more.