What Is Acupuncture?
When people hear the word “acupuncture,” they’re quick to associate needles and the thought of being pricked in places with aches and pains. But this thinking isn’t entirely accurate. Acupuncture needles, which are as thin as a single strand of hair and virtually painless, are placed along specific points around where you’re experiencing discomfort to unblock your body’s Qi, the vital life force within your blood that each organ possesses.
The use of needles naturally encourages the energy pathways within our bodies to reopen after they have become blocked. Once this process begins, your body sends signals to the affected areas, promoting self-healing and increased blood flow, while providing the natural energy in your body to flow freely, alleviating the issues you may be experiencing.
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture has a long history of benefits, predating most of recorded history. For those looking for a better, more natural way to stimulate their body’s Qi, it has been shown to help with:
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
BACK, NECK, AND SHOULDER PAIN
SOME FERTILITY ISSUES
How does this occur?
Acupuncture is a neurological phenomenon that works by signaling your body’s nervous system to release endorphins to affected areas in addition to improving the communication across the energy pathways in your body. Through this release, your body is encouraged to begin a natural healing method that will promote a better sense of well-being.
Typically used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping is used to treat musculoskeletal pain. The individual glass cups that are placed on your body provide a negative pressure due to the suction of the cup, which “pulls things out” such as toxins and replaces it with fresh blood and oxygen from the suctioning effect. Therefore, the suction within the cup pulls your skin, muscles, fascia, and tissue vertically upward.