What does acupuncture do to your body?

What does acupuncture do to your body?, Linyana Acupuncture Studio in Harlem, New York, NY

When the five yin and six yang channels are diseased, it is like there is a thorn, a piece of dirt, a knot, or a blockage. Although the thorn may be long-standing, it can be wiped away. Although the knot may be long-standing, it can be untied. Although the blockage may be long-standing, it can be opened up. Those who say that old diseases cannot be taken up speak wrongly. Those who use needles should look for the cause of disease. Then the thorn can be removed, the dirt wiped away, the knot untied, and the blockage opened up. Even though a disease is long-standing, it can be stopped.

-Inner Classic, Divine Pivot, Chapter 1

At its root, Chinese medicine is about channel theory. When Chinese medicine was first established, a disease was treated like a thorn on the skin and treatment focused primarily on the removal of that thorn. Similar to conventional western medicine today. As the medicine evolved, more focus was placed not simply on just removing the pathogen, but understanding the dynamics in how the disease affects organs and how to establish a healthy recovery.

A person seeking acupuncture typically have a complaint about a specific problem. They see the problem for what it is and would like it to be resolved, most people do not think further. If you're having trouble sleeping, you just want to sleep. If you have pain, you want it to go away. The causative factor is of little importance. However, through the eyes of the practitioner, we have to dig deeper; search for the channel(s) that are "diseased" and causing symptoms, choose appropriate acupuncture points, and insert in a particular manner based on how the energy should flow throughout the channel. 

What is a channel?

A channel is a road map on the exterior and interior of the body. The diagram above displays the channels by using lines up and down the body. The small dots are acupuncture points. Channels are named after internal organs. We have heart, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, spleen, liver, kidney, lung, gallbladder, and urinary bladder channels. The exterior channel links with the internal organ at a certain location on the body. As an acupuncturist, it's my job to uncover what channel is affected. Many times there are multiple channels that have a disruption. 

What is an acupuncture point?

In addition to the above, acupuncture points are unique places on the body where significant movement and activity is occurring. The movement and activity is that of qi (energy) and blood. The points are unified in the channel system that links organs of the body; points play an active role in physiology and pathology. By inserting a needle into a point, one is not only affecting local tissue, but the entire associated channel and organs. Acupuncture creates movement through open spaces along the course of the channel to initiate a cascade of physiological change. 

Acupuncture is mainly based on energy.

When you have too much accumulation of energy in a certain area, the body will display pain or any other type of symptom. For instance, repeated reps of bicep curls can sometimes strain the muscle and cause pain. In Chinese medicine, that muscle strain is an accumulation of qi and blood. When an acupuncture needle is inserted, it causes qi and blood to circulate, the muscle will relax and the pain will subside. 

The condition above describes someone with an excess condition, an accumulation is excess; however, a muscle strain or another pain condition can be caused by a deficiency as well. The body can also lack qi and blood resulting in a muscle strain. When someone comes to see an acupuncturist for pain, the pain is being treated but also the underlying condition. If your acupuncturist notices through intake, observation, and palpation that you have qi and blood deficiency, acupuncture points will be inserted to improve blood production and circulation. Not just in areas where you're having pain, but other areas all over the body. With this you may notice greater strength, a shorter recovery time, and a decrease in injuries. 

Acupuncture balances what is 'out of balance'.

  • Acupuncture assists the body to correct abnormalities. 
  • Acupuncture restores equilibrium.
  • Acupuncture moves and encourages energy to flow evenly throughout the body.
  • Acupuncture unblocks stagnation.

Acupuncture does all of this naturally and non-invasively.

Health and fitness is extremely important today. 2020 has been a year of pain and suffering, being greeted with the unknown, and losing loved ones. Nothing is within our total control except what we put in our body and how we treat our body.

Acupuncture is one of the most natural forms of medicine besides food. If you're thinking of trying it, just do it!

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