Recently, someone asked, “Acupuncture will help relieve the pain in my back, but it won’t actually cure the problem, right?” Illness, disease or ailment result when the flow of Qi is interrupted by various causes, such as physical injury, emotional trauma, stress or improper diet. What acupuncture attempts to do is to regulate the flow of Qi to re-establish the proper flow of energy and substances in the body. Picture your home’s plumbing plugged by a clog, filling to the point of bursting or backing up to release the tremendous pressure into other areas of the house. This analogy is not unlike the blockage of Qi in our bodies, which must be cleared into order to relieve pain and prevent the disruption and/or damage to other systems of the body, over time, if left unattended. So, in answer to the question above, when the Qi is regulated the body will be restored to its natural state of balance, and able to heal itself.

Scientific studies indicate that acupuncture influences the nervous system, signaling regulatory centers in the brain to provide pain relief, regulate, levels of blood glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, hormones, and neurochemicals. It balances the functioning of the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and nervous systems in the body. Acupuncture can also improve circulation to reduce inflammation and regulate cardiovascular function.

Harmony Integrative Medicine LLC
Jean Painter, DpOM, CH, Ac., L.Ac.
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