What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points in the body by using needles, heat, electrical currents, pressure or laser lights for therapeutic purposes. Typically, needles are inserted into various points on the body (acupoints) and manipulated to direct information throughout the body. Acupuncture modalities used for clinical applications and in scientific research include:

 

1. Needles = Acupuncture

2. Heat = Moxibustion

3. Electrical Currents = Electroacupuncture

4. Pressure = Acupupressure

5. Laser Lights = Laser Acupuncture

6. Massage = Tuina

7. Bamboo or Glass Cups = Cupping

8. Ear Acupuncture

9. Scalp Acupuncture

10. Acupuncture Anaesthesia

Therapeutic Applications

All Types of Pain

Energy Deficiencies and Tiredness

Common Ailments

(such as headache, common cold, asthma, cough and sinus)

Arthritis and Joint Problems

Insomnia

Mental & Emotional Imbalances

Diabetes, Cancer and Gynaecological issues

Fertility and Sexual Function

Digestion and Circulatory Problems

 

Weight Loss

 

Quit Smoking

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

How Does It Work?

"Acupuncture works by enhancing the qi of a channel so that the body can heal itself and carry out its function to the maximum potential." 

 

Regulates neurotransmitters & hormones

 

Produces changes in sympathetic and autonomic nervous system

 

Stimulates the inhibitory effects of stress responses

 

Mediates anti-inflammatory mechanisms

 

Alters conscious states

 

Stimulates changes in brain oxygen metabolism

 

Increase the local blood supply to flush out toxins, waste products and other accumulated particles and chemicals from the tissues

The Acupuncture Process

Meridians

Acupuncture is a meridian therapy. Meridians (jing-luo) are channels (pathways and networks) that deliver, distribute and communicate information to provide structure for the body. The meridians transport electrical, magnetic, chemical and etheric information forming an information network throughout the body to distribute information to control all bodily functions in all parts of the body. Meridians have been mapped thermographically (heat), electronically and radioactively. As pathways of information, meridians are circuits of positive and negative information

Major Channels

There are major 'channels' with secondary support conduits called 'collaterals.' 12 major meridians run on through the body on the chest, back arms and legs to control the body's overall energetic level of the body. The meridians inmterweave all parts of the body and stretch into the nuclei of tissues and cells. Each pathway is linked to a specific organ or organ system.

Meridians appear to form in the connective tissue. Acupuncture appears to stimulate secondary electrical systems in the body that creates electromagnetic fields inside and outside the body. When stimulated, the meridians appear to generate various molecules (e.g. hyaluronic acid (HA)) and create zones in the body to generate the flow of information.

The meridians acts as an antenna for physical and mental information. Primarily ethereal, meridians create changes that cause information to flow along the various meridians. Creating informational fields, the meridians communicate with different parts of the body and mind to enable cellular and tissue reconstruction. Largely, ethereal in nature, channels cause electricity, chemical and electromagnetic information to flow along the channels to feed our body, mind and soul. It is within our ethereal fields that meridians have the power to create changes in the mind that proceed changes that cause physical illness in the body. 

Extraordinaty Channels

There are 8 Extraordinary channels. First formed in utero, they store and drain information as reseviours for information along the 12 regular channels. These secondary meridians are not associated with specific organs or meridians but connect the main meridians and serve as a means through which the main meridians connect with the organs and other parts of the body. The major extra meridians are the Governor (Du) and Conception (Ren) channels. The Ren Channel courses along the front of the body, while the Du channel runs along the middle of the back.

Divergent Channels

The Divergent Meridians rise from one of the 12 main meridians and pass through the thorax or abdomen to connect with an organ before surfacing at the neck or head.

1. The Muscle Network Meridians allocate information from the twelve major meridians to the muscles, tendons and joints.

2. The Cutaneous Network Meridians run alongside the regular meridians in the cutaneous skin layer. This distribution is considered superficial because these meridians do not contact any organs.

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Acupoints

Along the meridians there are acupuncture points. There are 356 major points along the major channels, however there could be up to 500-2000 points. Labelled according to name, number and their corresponding meridian, acupoints are the entry ways to the meridians. Each of the points has a particular effect on different currents and organs in the body. Every meridian contains acupoints that terminate at the end of the finger or toe. 

The meridian points used in acupuncture are information gateways that have unique characteristics that distinguish them from the surrounding skin. Acupuncture serve as receivers of signals from the outside world and antennas for mental information. Acupuncture points affects:

1. The balance of physical and mental processes

2. The growth and death of the cells and the system as the whole. 

3. Electrical resistance

4. The Connective Tissue

5. Histological and tissue changes

6. Endorphin level in the bloodstream

7. Enkaphaline and serotonin levels in the brain 

8. Brain activity

9. Pain relief

Acupuncture points are located in shallow depressions in planes between two or muscles. They are contained within vertical columns of connective tissue and surrounded by even thicker and more dense skin tissue.

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The Science of Meridians

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Biomechanical Theories

The Biomechanical Theories tracked the meridian system with radiotracers. This showed that meridians are a part of the body's mechanical framework and interact with the anatomical system.

Secondary Electrical System

When there is injury, infection, tumour or even the normal activity of an organ, biologically closed circuits are switched on. These voltages build and fluctuate coursing through the arteries and veis acros capillary walls. All bodily processes involve the ebb and flow of biologically closed circuits, in which accumulated charge oscillate between twin polarities of positive and negative. 

In permeable tissue such as connective tissue, the intracellular fluid conducts the ions. These ions move through the cells via cellular opening and pores. Electrons cross through the walls using enzymes, however when subjected to an electrical field (such as one generated by an injured muscle), the arterial walls close. This forces the ions to move through the bloodstream and along the capillary walls. By shifting the ionic flow, and moving between circuits, we can potentially cure diseases and change the state of our tissues.  The application of magnetic fields can alter the poles of magnetic field to create growth or decrease growth in tissues.

Connective Tissue Theory

The Connective Tissue Theory claims that the meridians lie in the conditions and are antennors for mental informatin.  Ctoskeleetal structures exist in every cell in the body to form connective tissue. Such connective tissue carries static electric charges to influence pH, salt concentration, the dielectric constant of the solvent and other biological processes. 

Standing Waves Theories

The inserting of needles creates a disturbance that creates a weak electrical charged ions in the surrounding tissue whenever the skin is injured (current of injury response) to transform an electromagnetic field. This electromagnetic field in turn changes physiological responses. 

The Ductal Theory

The Ductal Theory claims that meridians are a series of ducts or tubes. There is a flowing of fluids along the meridians comprising of several life forming substances such as DNA, adrenaline, estrogen and hyaluronic acid. The fluid blends with other chemical substances and electricity in a network separate from the blood, lymph and nervous system

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