Imagine that your body is a house with all sorts of electrical systems in place.
Not all of them are on at the same time. When you turn on a light switch it allows the electricity to flow in that part of your house. This is how acupuncture works. You put a needle in some place and it turns on the power in that part of your body’s energy. Each location is specific and deals with a necessary aspect of your body’s functions just as turning on various switches in your house powers only certain areas. Sometimes you want to tune the whole system, like when you turn on the air conditioning it cools the whole house. Or turning on the heat- and so on.
When the switches are turned on, everything begins to light up. Mood improves, hormones improve, immune system functions better. If your house blew a fuse, you wouldn’t have power to that part of your home. It’s the same in your body, but a bit more complicated.
Many years ago when I went into acupuncture I fell in love with it, not only because it was a great way to treat people but because it offered me a way of looking at health that was totally different than the conventional medicine I was currently involved in. I was able to see that it would be a perfect complement to fill in the gaps in areas where I wasn’t able to help my patients.
Acupuncture is only a part of the whole system of Chinese medicine.
Herbs, nutrition, lifestyle, and body-work also play a role. It is based on the idea that you are made up of energy. Energy travels through your body in certain patterns and when your energy is out of balance, you begin to have problems. Everything in your whole life is connected to your energy. Within your body, it involves not just your physical being but also your emotions, your moods, your thoughts, your spirit and your connection to others.
The physical practice of acupuncture involves inserting small, thin needles into certain points on the body in order to change energy movement. There are more than 300 acupuncture points on the body. Each has a different effect on the body. When the energy movement of the body is balanced, it will heal itself naturally.
The principle of Chinese medicine is to assess your energy and then help it get balanced. Acupuncture needles are placed in specific points to help balance the whole of you.
Read more posts by Shiroko Sokitch, MD, JenningsWire blogger.