Explaining Acupuncture and Its Benefits
There is a belief underlying Chinese medical practices and this is the Chinese meridian system of the body which looks upon the human body as an energy highway. This meridian systems helps us to understand how blood and body fluids permeate the entire body, and an overall energy distribution system. This Chinese meridian system is very much different from the circulatory system that we understand and that western doctors use to characterize the anatomy and physiology of our bodies, since in this meridian system there are invisible channels where a practitioner of Chinese medicine can pinpoint and access, otherwise called acupoints of the body, that they use to help the patient in the healing process. Through the acupoints, the Chinese medicine practitioners encourage the body to heal itself since they believe that the body has the ability to heal itself.
Stimulating an acupoint can be done in two ways – by inserting a hair-like needle or through the use of a firm pressure to massage the acupoints. Acupuncture though triggers a stronger stimulation to activate the body’s innate healing ability than does acupressure, though some might find it too invasive than acupressure. There are other therapeutic methods used for acupressure like deep-tissue massage, laser acupuncture, cupping, qua sha, and others.
Most easterners believe that acupressure is some form of spiritual healing which stimulates a person’s life energy, flowing through a network of meridians in the body to promote general health. Illness, according to traditional practitioners, is the result of having your life energy hindered from flowing freely through your body. But, when the western practitioner interprets it, he does so with a more scientific view that the nerves are stimulated beneath and skin and this produces substances that relieves pain. The substances produces reduces existing pain and over time, the central pain response of the body is altered and it also reduces chronic pain.
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Acupuncture and other practices which do not use needles, uses the same points on the body and have similar philosophies that come from traditional Chinese medicine but they involve more of hand manipulation of the patient and some other modalities.
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The local points or the trigger points are targeted by a therapist who uses any modality. Local points are the actual spot on the body where the patient is experiencing pain or discomfort. The trigger point on the other hand, are those that are connected to the point of the body experiencing pain or discomfort. The patient’s problem is the key to determining the two targeted points that need to be manipulated.
You should try either acupuncture or acupressure if you are experiencing pain or movement problem and you are not sure if manipulation your acupoint might work with you.