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March 12, 2024
March 12, 2024 Jennifer Doran


Last week I touched on Qi. This week I continue that journey with acupuncture,

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). These points are located along meridians, which are pathways that connect different parts of the body.

The practice of acupuncture is based on the concept that imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi can lead to illness or discomfort. By inserting needles into specific points along the meridians, acupuncturists aim to restore balance and promote the body’s natural healing process.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

Pain management: Acupuncture is often used to relieve chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and headaches. It can help reduce pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers, and by reducing inflammation.

Digestive disorders: Acupuncture is sometimes used to treat digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and nausea. It can help regulate digestive function and reduce symptoms such as bloating, cramping, and discomfort.

Women’s health issues: Acupuncture is often used to address women’s health concerns such as menstrual irregularities, fertility issues, menopausal symptoms, and pregnancy-related discomfort. It can help regulate hormone levels, improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reduce symptoms associated with hormonal fluctuations.

Respiratory conditions: Acupuncture may be beneficial for respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, and sinusitis. It can help reduce inflammation in the airways, improve breathing function, and alleviate symptoms such as congestion and coughing.

Overall, acupuncture is considered a safe and effective complementary therapy for a variety of health conditions. However, it’s essential to seek treatment from a qualified and licensed acupuncturist to ensure safety and effectiveness. Additionally, while acupuncture can provide relief for many individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone, so it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for your specific needs.