Acupuncture has been practiced for hundreds of years, though not all in the same form. During the Stone Age, people used knifes and other sharp objects to relieve pain and disease. Warriors that were hit by arrows during battle noticed areas of relief in different parts of the body. Monks noticed energy moving in specific areas of the body while they were meditating and eventually started recording these findings. Over time, the practice became modified and was researched in depth to bring the modern acupuncture we know and use today.
There are 360 different acupuncture points located on the 12 channels that run throughout the body. These channels correspond to internal organs like the kidney, liver, lungs, etc. The channels aren’t visible to the eye but are found using anatomical landmarks and what flows through these channels is energy called “Qi”. (Pronounced “Ch-ee”) The meaning of the word “Qi” is difficult to translate but some of its translations are “vital energy” or “life force”. Qi manifests both on the physical lever and spiritual or psychological level. There are many types of Qi but all these types converge into one ultimate Qi. It’s said that when there is poor circulation of Qi it condenses to form lumps, masses, or tumors.
So how does acupuncture work? Let’s use a common condition that many people suffer from as an example. Headaches. There are many ways to get rid of a headache, including acupuncture! For example, here are three points that are used when treating headaches: GB 20, Li 4, and Si 13. The letters stand for Gall Bladder, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine channels. Where the numbers stand for certain points along that channel. Now these channels are used for specific reasons. Gall bladder and small intestine are used because of their location on the body. The large intestine channel is used because Li 4 is the strongest point for a condition that involves the upper body. Depending on the type of headache, other points may be used. If the headache is considered a “pounding headache” then the liver channel might be used because that channel helps control blood flow.
Acupuncture is used for many other different conditions like sinus allergies, depression, infertility, constipation, musculoskeletal disorders and more! It is a safe and natural way of treating health issues and goes hand in hand with chiropractic care.