What is Acupuncture?

acupuncture graphicAcupuncture is a method of sending a signal to the body (by needle or other means) to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. It restores the homeostatic balance by a differential effect of suppressing hyperfunction, stimulating hypofunction and regulating disturbed function. Acupuncture treats disease states or illnesses, bringing them into homeostasis or balance.

All disease can be described in terms of loss of qi


(pronounced “chi”)

Life energy, called “qi”, flows throughout the body within specific pathways, or “meridians”.  This vital force circulates as a result of opposite forces—yin and yang—that are continuously seeking a dynamic balance. Illness results when the life force is obstructed or when the polar principles become imbalanced.

Case Report

Person with spinal stenosis, arthritis, and chronic back pain was referred to acupuncture by her neurosurgeon.  She wrote a letter of appreciation to the acupuncturist for his treatment.  Before treatment, walking or standing for more than 2 minutes was extremely painful.  After acupuncture, she had many days that were pain free, and seldom had bad pain.  She had returned to activities she had stopped doing.

If you injure a nerve to a part of the body, you destroy its qi. That part of the body will become hypersensitive. Pain is a blockage of qi.

“Sickness comes like an avalanche.  Wellness comes like the peeling of the silk from a silkworm cocoon.”

Vital Energetic Alignment

Spirit-mind-body: when in the same alignment—health.

Imbalance can be due to:

  • severe emotional imbalances
  • severe trauma
  • motor vehicle accident
  • sports injuries
  • industrial injuries
  • others

Preparation for Acupuncture

  1. Take as few drugs as possible—the more drugs a person is on, the less effective acupuncture will be.
  2. Sex—do not have sex right before or after acupuncture.
  3. Mental stress—avoid. If the CNS is too busy taking care of other problems, it will not be able to deal with the problem at hand.
  4. Physical exertion—not good to have acupuncture right after

Other factors that influence acupuncture effects

  1. Menstruation
  2. Storms—the system is busy adjusting to the environment.
  3. Concurrent illnesses
  4. Instability of condition—ICU, severely ill

Response patterns to acupuncture

Crescendo—effect starts out improved, then gets better over time.

Biphasic—first feel a little worse, then much better

Healing crisis—overloaded neural circuit

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