According to Chinese medicine all illness and pain comes from imbalances or stagnation in the body’s natural energy. By inserting very thin needles in selected points on the body, an acupuncturist unblocks the flow of energy to promote healing. Acupuncture’s efficacy may also be understood in terms of modern biomedicine.
Acupuncture is a collection of procedures that utilizes needling in order to stimulate certain points on the body. in essence, Acupuncture taps into neuroplasticity — the notion that over time neurological activity can be re-programmed in positive ways. As a result, acupuncture prompts re-learning responses and root healing. Acupuncture calms the amygdala, which is our brain’s seat of anxiety and stress. During an acupuncture session the amygdala is sedated thus creating a sense of calm and wellbeing. This phenomenon can be clinically observed via fMRI.
Though the earliest written record of acupuncture is found in the Huangdi Neijing, dated approximately 200 BCE. The practice qickly expanded out of China into the areas now part of Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan, diverging from the narrower theory and practice of mainland traditional Chinese medicine in the process.
We have learned through-out time that advancement in art, science and medicine is often shadowed by the rise of a new cultures, leaving behind centuries of human experience and knowledge in it’s wake. I strive in my practice of alternative medicine, to embrace efficacy regardless of the era or culture from which the solution was borne.