Qi (energy or function) and blood are the drive and nourishment of all vascular systems and vessels in the body. The vessels that run superficially are connected via a smaller network of pathways to the internal physiological world, so when these vital pathways are blocked, it holds the body in fixed patterns of illness.
If an inflammatory event (from any variety of causes) disturbs a part of the body, it can result in localized impairments of blood circulation. The disturbance will either spontaneously resolve or generate chronic tissue plane-based obstructions that impair the smooth flow of qi (function / energy) and blood (nourishment and warmth). This creates a perfect environment for chronic illness to develop and flourish at a deeper level due to the vast web of vessels, meridians, and pathways that connect each and every part of the body together.
Each pathologic factor operates by destabilizing the body’s vascular balance and predisposes the individual to illness.
Factors that affect or contribute to obstructions and blockages in the vessel network system are:
- The distinct make-up of the individual patient (genetic make-up, as well as lifestyle, diet, and medical conditions such as surgeries, or pre or postnatal constitution)
- Environmental / external factors (weather changes, physical trauma, structural issues, emotional distress, pollutants, diet etc.)
- The location and nature of original obstructions in the vasculature and pathways of the body will decide which systems are then affected
Treatment of vessel obstructions reestablishes the body’s healing capacity by freeing the flow of qi and blood. When the vascular circulation is normalized through proper diagnosis and treatment (in a majority of cases) homeostatic regulation returns and the body spontaneously and elegantly heals itself through a highly intelligent process that has few significant, adverse effects.
This is why acupuncture, cupping, and scraping can work so well. They remove obstructions in various interconnected layers and within the functioning of the body.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific locations on the body known as “acupoints” to stimulate, strengthen, and heal by regulating the flow of qi and blood in the body. When the flow of qi and blood can be restored, our health will follow. There are hundreds of acupoints on the body with their own anatomical location and purpose.
Acupuncture has many positive effects on the body, some of which are:
- Restoring harmony amongst the superficial layers and organ systems by reorganizing and redirecting blood flow
- Stimulating the release of endorphins, immune compounds, and pain mediating chemicals
- Regulating blood chemistry
- Affecting the communication between normal and injured or painful tissue
- Regulating the relationship between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (relaxing, digesting and healing) nervous systems
- Helping to reduce the harmful effects of stress
The practice of Acupuncture could include moxibustion, cupping, gua sha (scraping), tui na (a Chinese Medical manipulative therapy and massage technique often involving some osteopathic methods), and even blood-letting.
Acupuncture, together with the complete practice of Chinese Medicine has developed over the centuries to become a recognized system of medicine practiced in many countries all over the world. Today in B.C. all Acupuncturists are licensed through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (CTCMA), which is a governing body in place to standardize and monitor this profession.
Conditions Treated with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as an effective method for treating the following conditions:
- fertility and reproductive health problems
- menstrual irregularities, PMS and other gynaecological complaints
- digestive and bowel complaints
- morning sickness
- depression, stress and anxiety
- urinary tract infections
- high blood pressure
- lower back pain
- common cold
- tooth pain
- trigeminal neuralgia
- eye problems
- and more.