What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture in Westminster, Co

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have used this non-invasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well. Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall health and well-being. It is safe, painless and an effective way to treat a wide range of medical problems.

Acupuncture works to release blockages in the body which deplete the bodyʼs vital energy, called Qi (pronounced Chee). Qi can be used as a qualitative description of all the biological and cellular processes in the body. As the proper energy flow is restored and balanced, the body is able to heal more quickly and more completely. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A persons health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians inside the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridians are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving QI that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.

An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a personʼs health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands.

Qi can be disrupted by physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the any things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. If this disruption of QI is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.

When you come in for your first acupuncture treatment, your full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis. Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a persons health problems. The practitioner can then create a well structured treatment plan.

Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the bodyʼs innate to heal itself. Ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a safe, effective and drug-free therapy that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems. 

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