What is Chinese Medicine?
For many people, Chinese Medicine is last-chance medicine. They have been through all the Western medicine testing, and have not found the help they need. Many times Chinese Medicine offers that help.
Long ago, the first order of business for the Chinese practitioners was to keep the emperor healthy so he could have many mistresses and many progeny. The medicine was therefore created to keep a person healthy, not just to fix health.
Although Chinese Medicine can be a quick and effective fix for short-term issues like sprains and strains (and even colds and flus), for long-term health issues, it can complement other therapies, accentuating them and strengthening their effectiveness.
Many people with serious or debilitating health concerns find that Chinese Medicine becomes part of their lifestyle to get and stay healthy. It’s an arrow in their quiver, allowing them to continue their active lifestyle.
Learning how to eat right, move correctly, and naturally manage our health issues can keep us active for many years as we age. Chinese Medicine lends itself beautifully to living a healthy, natural and productive lifestyle.
Another great place Chinese Medicine can be of help is post-surgical healing. At some time in our lives, most of us will experience some type of surgery. As we get older, it becomes harder to recover from surgeries. Acupuncture helps bring more blood flow to the local areas of surgery and helps restore the body’s Qi balance, speeding the process of healing.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture points are specific areas on the body just beyond the surface of the skin. They have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it stimulates the sensory receptor, which in turn stimulates the nerve, which then transmits impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. This complex system of interactions (often called a “feedback loop”) between the brain, hormones, and glands is responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes. Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itself of whatever is wrong.
This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system, and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 5,000 years.