Acupuncture is the most widely spread system of health care in the world; it is used on every continent and used in every country. Acupuncture care helps relieve symptoms and signs of many health problems.

The goal of this dynamic health care system is to activate the natural, self-healing abilities of the body. It can also strengthen and support the body to prevent future illness and disease.

Albert Einstein showed us that everything is made of, and radiates, energy. For the past 2000 years, doctors of acupuncture have called the intelligent energy in the body ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’). This subtle form of energy supports shapes and enlivens our physical body and activates our lives.

Qi flows through pathways in the body as an invisible current, energizing, nourishing and supporting every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland. These pathways are referred to as ‘Meridians’.

The meridian system works with and through the body’s other three regulatory systems (the immune system, the nervous system and the hormonal system) to provide you with the inner resilience that allows you to meet the demands of life.

When these systems are in balance and your Qi is flowing freely, your body’s natural self-healing abilities are activated, enabling internal stability and harmony to occur. Your body will flourish and true health and wellbeing can be achieved.

The stresses of daily life affect the quality and flow of Qi. Different stresses affect meridians and organs in different ways, disrupting or blocking Qi flow. If a garden hose is blocked, it can’t provide an adequate supply of water to a plant and the plant will be unable to thrive, grow and blossom. Likewise, a blockage of the meridians will restrict the supply of Qi required to nourish and support the cells, tissues, organs and glands.

This blockage can manifest into various signs and symptoms. Over time, the body as a whole becomes weakened and its self-healing abilities compromised.  Eventually, it becomes susceptible to pain, disease and ill health.

Amazing Benefits of Acupuncture

Scientists have spent decades researching the how and what of Acupuncture’s amazing benefits.

Here are just five of the most basic and easy to understand mechanisms:

Neurotransmitter Response: Acupuncture stimulates the release of specific neurotransmitters that affect immune system function.

Autonomic Nervous System Response: Acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several other types of natural opioids, effecting changes in the autonomic nervous system and reducing pain.

Gate Control Response: Acupuncture activates specific receptors that inhibit the transmission of painful stimuli.

Vascular-interstitial Response: Acupuncture affects the electrical system of the body. This facilitates healing by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissue.

Blood Chemistry Response: Acupuncture can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, thereby regulating the body toward a healthy balance.