What is Acupuncture?
…glad you asked the question…!
In my effort of conveying the concept of it, let me ask you couple of questions..
What comes to mind when you think of characters such as Maximus in “Gladiator”, Luke SkyWalker in “Star Wars” and William Wallace in “Brave Heart”? Can you associate the characters with the word ‘Force’?
Now, what do you feel when you think of sports like marathon running, long distance swimming and rowing? Can you relate the nature of the sport with the word, ‘Endurance’?
The reason I give these two questions is to explain the concept of “Qi”(Chi) which is the foundation of acupuncture treatment. When we say “Qi” it means both ‘Force’ and ‘Endurance’ working together and in coexistence/codependence. “Force” (Yang Qi) is more active and vibrant in relation to “Endurance” (Yin Qi) where this Yin Qi portrays sustaining force being interdependent with the “Force” – Yang Qi. We call this Yin/Yang balancing.
An acupuncture treatment utilizes this very Yin/Yang Qi balancing in the human body to treat various ailments that are generated by different organs in our internal system. There are ten main organs that generate and maintain an adequate level of its own Yin/Yang Qi to function and connect with one another and each organ’s Qi forms a flow line called “Meridian.” There are five Yin natured organs and five yang natured organs: Yin organs are Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung and Kidney. Yang organs are gall bladder, small intestine, stomach, large intestine and bladder respectably. There are two core meridians running in the center line of our body that governs each Yin and Yang – Governing Vessel meridian for Yang and Conception Vessel Meridian for Yin.
These meridians have many pressure points that treat different symptoms and conditions on each organ, and a combination of points from one or more meridians can put together to treat one or two organs at the same time. Acupuncture needles are used to penetrate into certain depth under skin to tap in the Qi pool to move it from a stagnation of its flow.
In conclusion, an acupuncture treatment is usually all about helping our body’s Qi to come balanced so the body treats its own conditions.