Acupuncture and Related Research
“Improves blood circulation to allow oxygen, blood, and lymph to support the body’s healing process.” Acupuncture uses finely gauged and sterilized stainless steel needles to improve blood circulation to allow oxygen, blood, and lymph to support the body’s healing process. It also helps to revive damaged nerves, muscles, and ligaments. Depending on the individual, it is usually necessary to receive treatment once or twice a week. Many conditions can be alleviated rapidly by a combination of acupuncture and other therapies, such as manipulation, herbal medicine, etc.
Chronic illnesses may require treatment for several weeks or longer. Acute problems generally respond faster to treatment. As in any form of medical care, the patient’s lifestyle, diet, and attitude affects the outcome and course of treatment. For instance, acupuncture is based on the theory of Yin-Yang and the five elements. According to this theory, health is perceived as a balance between two opposing forces called yin and yang within the body. An imbalance of these two forces is considered the result of ill-health. This imbalance also causes disruption in the flow of Qi or vital energy along pathways in the body known as meridians. Reversing the imbalance involves the insertion of needles into these points, which are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. The points can also be stimulated by moxibustion, pressure, and heat. This restores the yin-yang balance, corrects the flow of Qi along the meridians, and restores health to the body and mind.