Why Acupuncture?

Why Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is like gravity or this illusion. It seems to work, but science can’t explain
why yet. The two-thousand year-old practice is built
upon a theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It supposes that energy, or chi, flows through
the body along an interstate-like system of pathways, called meridians. Pain, tension, and other physical, chemical,
or emotional stressors act like roadblocks, causing traffic jams along these internal
highways. Trained acupuncturists aim to release these
blockages. They slide thin, stainless steel needles into
meridian points. This alerts the body to the problem area,
and helps it to restore a natural flow of energy. Most people who get acupuncture don’t describe
the needles as painful, but rather “heavy,” “electric,” “warm,” or “tingly.” And some modern research has backed up the
health benefits, which range from treating headaches, to alleviating muscular pain and
tension, to fighting insomnia.

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