Acupuncture for Mind/Body Connection
Restoring Balance within the Body
The primary vehicle used by acupuncturists is the nervous system, where mind and body meet.
We experience physical changes through our mental perceptions of a situation - for example, the fight or flight response activated by our sympathetic nervous system.
If we perceive a situation to be dangerous a whole set
of responses go into motion. We see immediate changes in our respiration, blood pressure, hormone levels and much more. And this from just a perception or a thought.
Modern research has proven acupuncture to modulate within the endocrine, immune and blood circulatory systems. The endocrine system includes the hormones and neurotransmitters that can affect how we feel. Excessive or deficient levels of these chemicals can and will directly affect our moods, focus, attention, and emotions.
Acupuncture works in regulating these levels. In some cases, a person may first experience the phenomenon
of still being in pain, but actually feels better otherwise.
It also explains why people feel a deep sense of relaxation and commonly a euphoric state during and after an acupuncture treatment.
Pain may require only a quick and directed course of treatment that leads to total relief of pain and return to function. Or, it may require some kind of upkeep, this can be determined on a case by case basis relatively quickly. We should know in a short time how things will go for you.
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There are many angles from which to understand
the healing mechanisms of acupuncture. Within Western science the predominant theories include stimulation of the body's immune, endocrine and blood circulatory systems.
This covers a broad range of physical terrain and explains much of what acupuncture is known to be effective in treating.
From the Chinese perspective, through thousands
of years of experimentation and observation, acupuncture utilizes the body's own resources
to correct imbalance.
Largely, disease processes are due to a breakdown
in normal bodily functions. This function is broadly and specifically defined in the term Qi (pronounced chee). Through trauma, repetitive stress, lifestyle habits or infinite other factors this function becomes dysfunctional. Acupuncture is a method of correcting this imbalance.
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