Acupuncture is one treatment technique within Chinese Medicine. The theory behind acupuncture stems from the belief in Chinese medicine that dysfunction comes when people become stagnant. By inserting a needle into a point where blood and qi is not moving we are able to help open the body’s communication and flow.
This is WAY cooler than just QI flow! We are talking about your body’s cellular communication. Its nerve impulses, it’s nutrient exchange, it's collagen signaling, it’s hormones ability to bind to receptors. This is why acupuncture is beneficial for so many conditions. Qi is a term we use to describe the intangible “spark” of energy but it is a VERY real thing. Think about it, if you break an atom down small enough we are all made up of vibrations, that’s quantum physics. Qi is extremely scientific.
Though it's been practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture is research backed and proven effective and safe. It is most used to relieve pain, but because it works by treating the whole person, it has a wide range of effects. It can effect changes in the sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It can promote better functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture also works with the body to harmonize and balance energy levels. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
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