Almost everyone who has gone to get acupuncture for the first time has this looming question in the back of their mind: “Does acupuncture work?!” Will acupuncture work for me and for my health condition? The good news and response to these questions is YES. Acupuncture has worked well for people for thousands of years and four major reasons exist why it can and will work for you as well.
- Science proves it.
For the skeptic and curious person alike, the gold standard is whether Western medicine and the double blind method prove that acupuncture works. Again, the good news is now we have many studies that prove that acupuncture is helpful for many various health conditions. The following are mostly studies that have been done here in the USA. Hundreds of other studies have been done in China where it all started using the same double blind controlled methods we employ here. In the following studies, acupuncture has been found helpful for anxiety and depression, chronic pain, hypertension, insomnia, menstrual cramps and PMS, migraines, reverses carpal tunnel, erectile dysfunction, peripheral neuropathy, weight loss, psoriasis, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, side effects from cancer, multiple sclerosis, and sciatica. Acupuncture works for so many things because it helps restore balance to the whole body.
- History backs it.
In the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic) written over 2000 years ago we read, “From ancient times it has been recognized that there is an intimate relationship between the activity and life of human beings and their natural environment. The root of all life is yin and yang…if people violate or disrupt this natural order, then pathogenic forces will have an opportunity to cause damage to the body.” This book goes on in detail to describe these pathogenic forces. These pathogenic forces are the ones that most in the USA today indulge in today, which why we see such poor states of health today. Chinese medicine has always had the answers for vibrant health and in returning to these principles, the world can begin to have abundant health once again. Chinese medicine, in my estimation, is most brilliant system of medicine the world has ever known that has stood the test of time and by returning to the wisdom of it, we may be able to save the health of people on this planet. “Maintaining order (health) rather that correcting disorder (disease) is the ultimate principal of wisdom. To cure disease after is has appeared is like digging a well when one already feels thirsty or forging weapons after the war has already begun.”
- Electricity drives it.
It could be said that the Chinese discovered electricity, and then called it qi. The meridians or channels of qi described in Chinese medicine are essentially power lines that allow for the conduction of electricity throughout the body. Fascia, which holds together the entire body, is composed of collagen. Qi runs through fascia lines in the body. Collagen has been proven to be piezo-electric, which means it is a fantastic conductor and generator of electricity. No one looks at a power line and actually sees electricity, but we know it is there because our lights turn on and our appliances run. Likewise, function to a specific part of the body will either function better or worse depending upon how well the flow of electricity (qi) is to that part of the body.
Acupuncture helps to restore electrical flow to the whole body and when this happens, you will feel better, be in less pain, and your symptoms will reduce. The can be for any symptom because acupuncture bring balances to the whole body. The Chinese discovered what has taken us thousands of years to reproduce and govern until recently – electricity.
Poor diet, environmental toxins, stress (negative emotions), overwork, nutritional deficiencies and other things prevent electricity from flowing freely in the body. In order for electricity to flow freely and powerfully in the body, very specific nutrients are needed for this to happen, which is why making dietary changes and taking herbs, while getting a series of acupuncture treatments can work wonders. If you are one of those people that went to acupuncture one time and say that it didn’t work for you, this is the equivalent of saying your went to the gym one time and are shocked you don’t look like Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). It takes a series of treatments, especially in the face of very chronic disease. See the book The Spark in the Machine by Daniel Keown for more information on how electricity powers the body.
- Thousands declare it (if not millions).
Everyone knows someone that has experienced the wonders of acupuncture. If you still are having trouble with the science, history and electricity of it all, then go talk to someone who has been helped by the healing power of acupuncture. Many people know of at least one person in their life who has a health problem that nothing else seemed to help with and when their got a series of acupuncture treatments the problems reduced significantly or disappeared. Acupuncture works most powerful in combination with every tool available under Chinese medicine. This includes food therapy and dietary changes, massage, herbal medicine, detoxification, exercise (tai chi), and meditation (for the release of pathogenic qi in the form of negative emotions).
The 4 reasons acupuncture works is because science proves it, history back it, electricity drives it and thousands declare it. Does acupuncture work? Yes! It works amazing, especially when combined with the full power of all the healing tools that Chinese medicine has to offer to bring you into full harmony with your environment. Try it today. Anyone in your town that is licensed by the state has gone to a 3 or 4 year masters level school and received full medical training. You are in good hands with a licensed acupuncture physician. If you are in the Orlando, Florida (Altamonte Springs) area, make your appointment with Dr. Scott Graves today by calling 407-255-0314.