Acupuncture is a very ancient form of healing which pre-dates recorded history. The philosophy is rooted in the Taoist tradition which goes back over 8000 years. The people of this time period would meditate and observe the flow of energy within and without.They also were keen to observe man’s relations with nature and the universe.There were many sages of this period, but the most legendary was Fu Hsi, who lived in the Yellow River area of China approximately 8000 years ago. By observing nature, he formulated the first two symbols, a broken line and unbroken line. These symbols represented the two major forces in the universe – creation and reception – and how their interaction forms life. This duality was named yin-yang and they represent the backbone of Chinese Medicine theory and application. Fu hsi then discovered that when yin-yang fuse, a creative action occurs, and this gives birth to a third aspect. Fu Hsi then pondered on how this triplicity occurs eight times and this led to the eight trigrams and then 64 hexagrams of the I-Ching (Book of Change). The I-Ching shaped the thinking for years to come and every influential book on Chinese Medicine is based upon its fundamental philosophy.
From the 1970’s to the present, Acupuncture continues to play an important role in China’s medical system. China has taken the lead in researching all aspects of acupuncture’s application and clinical effects. Although acupuncture has become modernized, it will never lose its connection to a philosophy established thousands of years ago.——acupuncturecare.com
Western scientists theorize that acupuncture stimulates the production of immune-system cells and painkilling “feel-good” endorphins, similar to the immune system and neuroendocrine changes seen in vigorous exercise, such as long distance running. Studies also suggest that acupuncture alters the release pattern of brain chemicals such as neurotransmitters and neurohormones. These chemicals, in turn, affect the central nervous system, reducing pain and improving well-being.——autoimmune disease.suite101.com
So there you have it thousands of years of using acupuncture and now it is finally being recognized in the United States as an important addition to traditional medicine. Hospitals in California have an acupuncturist on their medical staff and it is growing by leaps and bounds across the US gaining acceptance as well as being paid by some insurance companies and VA hospitals. It always pays to ask if your Insurance Company or VA benefit covers Acupuncture treatment.
I took my mother starting at age 93 approximately 29 times and it certainly helped her with her general health. In fact when she was 96 the Chinese Acupuncturist video-taped her touching her toes and probably sent a copy of her good health back to China as a sexy commercial for longevity. She went to the big sky at age 99 in perfect health.
When considering an acupuncture treatment it is best to schedule at least six or seven appointments within a short time span like two or three per week to get maximum benefit. It is basically painless as the acupuncturist inserts a series of needles on meridians on the body. The whole idea is to move chi (energy) through the body and clear-out stagnated blockage which causes a variety of diseases leaving you with all sorts of ailments.
In addition to acupuncture for a specific disease— it is also recommended that you get acupuncture four times a year to correspond with the four seasons. You wouldn’t drive your car for 100,000 miles without an oil change and tune-up. Same with our bodies. The Chinese military used to keep acupuncturists with their troops to keep them healthy and in top condition.
So if you need a tune-up because you are sluggish or have aches and pains and a myriad of diseases that traditional medicines don’t seem to do any good— why not head to your local acupuncturist and let them stick you with some needles. The pleasant music in the background is a nice bonus as your chi starts to move. Without energy we is dead!
Start the New Year right by energizing your entire system with acupuncture! You will be glad you did.
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ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Get acupuncture tune-up often for optimun health.