What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years that aims to relieve the body of ailments by balancing the body’s qi/energy. In western terms it reduces inflammation, activate the immune system, and release the body’s natural pain killer receptors – along with so much more.
Acupuncture is unique in that it looks at each individual as a whole instead of just focusing on the presenting symptom or ailment affecting the body. For example, multiple people could be getting treatment for headaches and each individual person will have different points inserted based on their constitution and how the headache is presenting.
How Does Acupuncture Work
Acupuncture works by inserting thin, stainless steel, disposable needles into various points along the meridians in the body. Which then help bring the body back into a state of homeostasis or balance.
Think of the meridian in the body as highways, and the energy in the body as a car. If there is an accident along the highway, or if your car gets into an accident the flow of traffic is slowed or stopped and injuries can results.
The same idea can be applied to the body - if there is stagnation in the body due to an injury, improper diet, stress, unresolved emotions etc. a disharmony or disruption in the body's natural flow can arise and cause unwanted pain/symptoms.
During an acupuncture treatment I consider the presenting symptoms, person overall health and constitution, along with tongue and pulse to create a treatment plan for each individual person.
Along with acupuncture, I often include other modalities such as cupping, guasha, moxa and Subconscious Imprinting to aid in the regulation of the body.
What does Acupuncture treat
The better question is, what doesn't acupuncture treat?
The list is endless, but some common ailments JL Acupuncture in Peace River can treat with the use of acupuncture are:
Chronic and acute pain - neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, knee pain, etc
Anxiety and Depression
Poor Sleep / Insomnia
low energy levels
Digestion problems - IBS, constipation, bloating etc.
Women's Health - PMS symptoms, dysmenorrhea, postpartum depression etc.
Boost immune system
Does Acupuncture Hurt
People often compare acupuncture needles to the needles used when getting blood work or injections. However, acupuncture needles are much smaller than the ones mentioned above. Fun fact: approximately 30 acupuncture needles can fit inside a hypodermic needle used for drawing blood.
Common sensations felt with the insertion of an acupuncture needle is heaviness, movement, or a slight tingling sensation associated with the needle reaching the desired depth.
In fact, lots of people report feeling more relaxed once the needles have been inserted.