Acupuncture originated in China several thousand years ago. It is typically characterized by insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin. These needles are inserted at strategic points with the goal of balancing the flow of energy (Qi, or Chi), which flows through pathways called meridians in the body. Acupuncture is a vital part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Chinese believe that true health is balance within the body and between the body and its environment. Qi flows through the meridians of the body to nourish organs and tissues. When Qi does not flow properly, illness and imbalance develop. Qi collects, and is easily accessible, at points along the meridians. These are acupuncture points. Insertion of the needles at acupuncture points help to improve and re-balance the flow of Qi.
To the body, these needles are a stimulant to which the body responds.
In the Western practice of acupuncture, practitioners use the acupuncture points to stimulate nerve, immune, and organ function. Stimulation of these points can reduce pain, increase blood flow, and release endorphins - the body's natural feel-good chemicals.
Acupuncture is used to relieve the discomfort associated with a number of conditions:
- chronic and acute pain
- headaches - including tension, stress, and migraine
- pain associated with childbirth
- muscle cramping - including menstrual pain.
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Acupuncture is also often used to help with behavioral modifications - like alcohol and nicotine addiction. Contact us today for acupuncture in Beaverton!