There can be a lot of mystery and misunderstanding about acupuncture and how or why you can benefit from it. It’s likely that myths exist in our minds simply because we do not understand it. To us Westerners, acupuncture is literally a foreign concept.
It’s time to tackle some of these mistaken ideas, so that we can all experience how this form of medicine can not only heal, but also help us feel good, reduce the likelihood of taking prescriptions drugs and slow the progression of disease.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
The ancient Chinese knew it takes a holistic approach to keep healthy, feel good and heal quickly. Many people don’t realize that acupuncture is only one aspect of a complete medical system that is referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM originated in China over thousands of years. It includes diet therapy, herbal therapy, qi gong or meditation, feng shui, exercise, tui na (medical massage) and acupuncture. Thus a visit to the acupuncturist often includes recommendations for lifestyle changes and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities to help you feel better faster.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion and manipulation of extremely fines needles at specific acupoints on the body to stimulate and balance the body’s natural energy flow. According to TCM theory, our health is maintained when this energy flows freely. When we experience stress, or discomfort, or pain, that’s a signal we are out of balance and something is amiss. A visit to a licensed acupuncturist can help your body reset – leaving you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and centered.
My friend tried acupuncture once and it didn’t work.
You may have the belief that acupuncture doesn’t work because you or someone you know tried acupuncture once and didn’t feel any different after treatment. Everyone responds to acupuncture at a different rate. Chronic conditions often take longer to experience an appreciable change. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and requires a commitment to the process – much like going to the gym: You are not in shape after just one