How does Acupuncture work?
As a future Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health, this is THE most common question I receive. I’m always excited when people ask me, as it typically shows a genuine interest on their part as to how acupuncture can help them lead a healthier life.
The easiest way to explain how acupuncture works, is to first provide a solid understanding of how the human body works. The human body is a completely beautiful, integrated, interconnected system. Every organ and every system in your body is connected to each other. When a person is in full, vibrant health, it means everything is flowing properly. Everything is in balance. All of your organs and systems are connected and functioning properly. When there is a breakdown- either in an organ or a system, or in the connection between systems- that’s when you start to see things like pain, illness, and disease set in.
Western Medicine (aka- healthcare as we know it here in the United States), has a variety of methods of handling these issues, such as medication and surgery. While these modalities can be effective, quite often they don’t treat the root of the problem. Acupuncture takes a holistic approach. We spend a great deal of time understanding your entire health history and the patterns in your life that could be contributing to your issues. We treat the root, as well as the branches (aka- the cause, as well as the symptoms). In doing so, we cultivate not only healing, but wellness.
As acupuncturists, we stimulate specific points on the body, which run along channels that connect your organs and vitals systems. In doing so, we remove blockages, open up communication between organs and systems, and allow things to flow properly. In other words, acupuncture helps the body return to its natural, restorative state. This results in less pain, less inflammation, better health, and more vitality.
Hopefully this provides some clarification (and excitement) about this amazing method of medicine. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. I am hear to help (and look forward to hopefully being your doc one day)!
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