Saturday, October 1, 2016

How Does Acupuncture Work - Explanation by a NYC Licensed Acupuncturist

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Acupuncture Works, but how ?

Acupuncture is a crown jewel of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been in existence for centuries. Millions of Asians and Chinese people use it, but how does it work ? 

NYC acupunctureI have been a practicing acupuncturist in New York City for over 23 years and once in a while, I am asked to explain how acupuncture works or what is a particular point do.  When I was studying acupuncture at my college, the teacher told us that he tells his patients that we do not know enough about it.  But we actually do. I used to say to my patients in the past that it was too complicated to explain, which was not a very good answer.  How do you combine years of studying into a few sentences ? 

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Point of View. 

Ancient Chinese believed that there is healing, invisible to the human eye energy called (Qi or Chi) circulates in the body. This Qi circulates in pathways called channels (sometimes called meridians). These meridians run individually in each organ all over the body. Each organ has its own pathway, which crosses its path with other meridians and attaches to corresponding organs.

Acupuncture meridians
By stimulating meridians with acupuncture needles, this energy starts moving around channels. If energy and blood in the body are stagnant, we get sick. By circulating or "moving Qi", we reinvigorate the body's natural defenses and that is how our system gets back to health. That is why exercising and leading an active lifestyle is beneficial to your health. 

Acupuncture from Western Point of View

It works by stimulating body's natural healing powers and helps the immune system by releasing natural painkillers (endorphins, dopamine, etc.) balancing the endocrine system, affecting spastic muscles and  trigger points.

When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body, the body "thinks" it is being "attacked" and defends the body by activating the immune system and its healing properties. Needle insertion often produces slight muscle twitching that can be accompanied by a numbing or electric traveling sensation at the site of insertion or along the acupuncture channel.

Acupoints are
nerve rich areas, when stimulated by a needle send signals to produce powerful healing in your body, mind, spirit and balance your energy and blood in all the internal organs and muscles. Very thin, disposable needles are used to stimulate energy (Qi) on the surface of the skin abundantly flowing in pathways called channels or meridians. Chinese medicine is proven over centuries to effectively treat many health problems. 

If you like to read a full version how acupuncture works click this link

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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