Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well for thousands of years.
Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing process, returns the body to a state of balance, boosts the immune system, supports physical and mental health, and improves a person’s overall well-being.It is safe, painless, and effective!
Acupuncture in Jesup
Acupuncture works by using hair-thin needles to access the body’s qi and help your body heal itself naturally.
At Vibrant Living Wellness, we are always striving to explain this in a way that most of our modern, western minds can understand.The word “Qi” is often translated as “energy”. Based on numerous studies, a more accurate translation might be “circulation”.
Acupuncture has been proven to increase circulation and blood flow to specific areas of the body, depending on where we place the needles. They can even watch with doppler ultrasound the increased circulation that is a result of acupuncture – how amazing is that?
We believe this is the key to how acupuncture works, because with blood flow and circulation come all the other mechanisms your body has to heal itself – ease inflammation and pain, balance hormones, mobilize your body’s natural healing response and strengthens your body’s immune system.
Acupuncture has been proven to do all of those things – it’s been shown to reduce inflammation, promote the release of adenosine (your body’s natural pain reliever), boost the parasympathetic (rest and digest, not fight or flight) nervous system. This is why acupuncture can help with so many different kinds of problems.
Acupuncture needles are significantly smaller and thinner than the hypodermic needles you may be used to receiving in the western medical setting. So they are also significantly less painful. Most of our patients find it very relaxing and experience a feeling of well-being that lasts for hours.
Acupuncture increases the circulation to specific areas of the body and mobilizing your body’s natural healing response.
What is Qi?
In its simplest terms, qi is the energy that flows throughout the body. Blood is said to be a denser form of qi. Since qi and blood are inseparable, its easy to see how “energy” and “circulation” can be interchanged. Qi animates the body and is the difference between being alive and a corpse. Our wei qi protects the body from illness, pain, and disease. When our qi, or life force, is compromised, so is our health.
How does Qi move?
Although Qi permeates every part of the body, it tends to collect and travel along channels or meridians. The meridians connect all aspects of the body together into one network of energetic communication.
Just as water flowing through a landscape tends to seek the path of least resistance, so Qi circulates through the body. The flow of Qi follows the folds and creases of the body’s landscape. It follows the divisions between muscles and the clefts between muscles and bones, collecting in the small hollows and depressions of the body to form pools of Qi.
These “pools of Qi” are places where Qi is concentrated and more accessible. They are the acupuncture points, where Qi can be accessed and manipulated through the use of finger pressure (acupressure), massage techniques (tui na; literally “pinch and pull”), dermal friction (gua sha), cupping, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), and, of course, acupuncture.
How is Qi disrupted?
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. And just like water, when the flow of qi is blocked or restricted, is becomes stagnant. When fresh qi is not longer circulating to all parts of the body, a person begins to feel physical and mental dis-ease.
A person’s qi can be affected by any number of things, including physical and emotional trauma, stress (both good and bad), lack of or too much exercise, poor nutrition, excessive mental or physical activity, or even the change of seasons.
Under normal conditions, the body is able to return to a state of balance after a blockage occurs. Unfortunately, prolonged disruptions and poor lifestyle choices can lead to a weakened state that allows dis-ease in the body develop into symptoms and chronic diseases.
What does an acupuncturist do?
The initial session lastas approximately 90 minutes and consists of a complete written and verbal intake, exam, and the initial treatment. By obtaining a complete medical history, physical exam, and using various diagnostic tools that may include looking at the tongue and checking the pulses, I am able to detect imbalances and structure a treatment plan to address your personal constitution.
Once a treatment plan is decided upon, fine, sterile, disposable needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points. This can unblock stagnant energy and address any deficiency or excess present in the body. Needles may be inserted and then immediately removed, or they may be retained fro 20 to 40 minutes. Promoting the free flow of qi brings balance back to the body and restores the body’s natural healing abilities.