Acupuncture Treatment

How does Acupuncture work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called Meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. As long as energy (Qi) flows freely throughout the Meridians, health is maintained. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that causes back ups in others. The flow of energy is then either blocked or depleted, the system is imbalanced, thus causing pain or illness to occur.

The flow of energy in the meridians can be influenced by needling the Acupuncture points. The Acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the Meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the Meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the Acupuncture points produces a wide variety of effects. It causes the body to increase the release of natural painkillers. These natural painkillers, endorphins and serotonin, are released in the pain pathway to the brain and the spinal cord, thus causing the pain signals which are received to be modified. Other chemicals which are released as a result of an Acupuncture treatment trigger the release of different chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by Acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.






"Health is the proper relationship between microcosm, which is man, and the macrocosm, which is the universe. Disease is a disruption of this relationship." 

Dr. Yeshe Donden, physician to the Dalai Lama