Dafney Shufelt Lic. Ac., M.Ac.
Significant scientific research has been conducted regarding the mechanisms of how acupuncture works.
Such studies have shown that acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a medical therapy that originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture uses the insertion of sterile, hair-thin, single-use needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s own healing systems. Stimulating a specific combination of points promotes the circulation of blood and 'Qi', which can be translated as 'bio-electrical energy', which activates the body to heal itself.
What is health according to acupuncture? It’s not the absence of pain or symptoms. Pain and symptoms are signals from the body that something is wrong and out-of-balance. The goal of an acupuncturist is to detect and correct the underlying imbalance that have caused the body to express the various symptoms.
What causes symptoms? A variety of factors can lead to ill health, such as the environment, physical trauma, emotional trauma, falls, accidents, inherited dysfunction, unbalanced diet and/or emotions. These factors, when unaddressed for a period of time can result in an imbalance in the homeostasis of the body. The medical model for the past 100 years has been to remove symptoms, and not really look at the underlying factor(s). The acupuncture paradigm is to detect and correct the cause(s). The acupuncturist works to diagnose and naturally correct the imbalance in order to return the body to health.
Chinese Medicine can also help those who wish to improve their overall health and energy. Acupuncturists treat patients with prevention in mind.
Acupuncture is a therapy and can take several treatments to be beneficial. The number of treatments depends on the condition and the health of the patient. Patients can feel a difference right away or in 3-6 treatments.