This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training our Los Angeles acupuncturist receive, which is based on over 3,000 years of experience in China. Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:
- Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
- Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
- Improving overall health.
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How does Acupuncture Therapy work?
The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways.
Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and also other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues.
If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body’s innate balance is disrupted and illness results.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Acupuncture and Modern Treatments
To the body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. A stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response.
With modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI (a very sophisticated x-ray), researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
Acupuncture is well-known for its ability to relieve stress and its effectiveness to relieve pain. Acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain.
Acupuncture also stimulates other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
Chinese Oriental medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease.
At Courtyard Wellness our chiropractor uses both Chiropractic treatments, science and Traditional Chinese Medicine to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy.
Our acupuncturists in Los Angeles use gentle needling and herbs. In combination with our chiropractic treatment it creates an ideal environment of health and healing.
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