July 3rd, 2019
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing therapies in the world, yet also considered cutting edge. The methods vary, but the most well-known form of acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body to various depths. Several scientific studies have shown it to be one of the most effective alternative methods for patients – giving scientific backing to acupuncture. But what exactly is the scientific theory behind it and how does it work? Let’s nerd out about acupuncture with Dr. Sarah…
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang. Disease is believed to come from an imbalance in these forces, which leads a blockage in the qi (also spelled chi).
Qi is said to flow through the meridians (or pathways) in the human body, and the meridians are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance, thus restoring and maintaining health.
Qi -the vital energy or life force believed to regulate your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health
Not everyone believes in the ancient Chinese reasoning behind acupuncture. Another theory is that acupuncture is a form of neuroscience where the acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow while also triggering the body’s natural healing properties. It’s not all in your head, acupuncture works.
Although there may be conflicting beliefs in the science behind acupuncture, it is and has been a viable form of healing for thousands of years. More than 3 million Americans use acupuncture as a form of treating a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. Most commonly acupuncture is seen as a treatment for pain, which is understandable as this is the best-studied aspect of the practice.
Acupuncture offers benefits including:
Should you try acupuncture? Research has found it to be very safe, with few side effects.
If you want to see how this form of natural therapy can help you, then call/text us for an appointment with our expert South Tampa acupuncturist, Dr. Sarah Sponaugle, D.C.