Acupuncture is a medical complementary technique, historically based more than 2000 years ago in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The goal is to achieve a therapeutic effect by stimulating specific points on the human body by using sterile needles. By inserting these needles, the acupuncturist can influence the physiological functioning of the body.
Acupuncture is now acknowledged by the WHO (World Health Organisation) as an efficient and cost-effective method of treatment.
Our body does not only contain blood vessels and nerves, but is also irrigated by meridians. These meridians are energy vessels. They contain acupuncture points.
These points have been empirically found through years and years of research.
The acupuncturist uses fine sterile disposable needles to insert in these acupuncture points.
Pain is a blockage of energy and always blocks one ore more meridians.
By puncturing acupuncture points, the flow of energy in the meridians is restored, and the pain disappears.
It is scientifically proven that acupuncture releases anaesthetic substances in our brains, known as endorphins.
Acupuncture uses the bodies own natural pain killing to reduce the pain.
A striking metaphor
The meridians that irrigate our body can be compared with an intricate network of rivers.
This complex web structure can be disturbed by external influences, (viral or bacterial infections, col or heat,…) or stress, trauma, strain injuries, overload…
This disturbance creates a kind of dam, energy accumulates and a blockage emerges. This gives rise to disruption in the network and problems on the site of the blockage or on other locations in the body occur.
The longer this blockage remains, the more problems can occur throughout the whole body.
Meridians function as communicating vessels. An excess in one meridian can give rise to a shortage in another one. Deficiency in one meridian can consume energy from another meridian.
For example, a blockage in the lower back can give neck ache, headache, but can be felt as radiation in the lower legs or feet.
The task of the acupuncturist
Our body has the capacity to heal and restore itself, this is known as homeostasis.
This self restoring ability can neutralize these blockages of energy, that present themselves often as pain. So the body heals and becomes balanced again.
If this does not happen spontaneously, and complaints arise, acupuncture can help to restore this disrupted balance. After a while the body will be able again to let homeostasis take over.
Acupuncture treatments are therefore not endless.
Serious chronic complaints may need to be addressed with a maintenance treatment, often as prevention for the pain coming back.
The task of the acupuncturist is the removal of these blockages. Other complaints (insomnia, nausea, itching, restlessness, rash, cough, tens feeling, night sweats, hot flashes,…) are addressed as well.
Like this the whole body is being taken care of: it benefits the immunity, mind and body are being balanced, there is more rest overall.
It has to be mentioned, the longer the complaint is present, the deeper the root of the blockage, and the longer the recovery will be.
West meats East
In my practice as an acupuncturist I find it very important that Western and Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a large part, go hand in hand.
By integrating both, we achieve the best results, which can only benefit the patient.
Therefor it is advised to remain in contact with your physician.
Belgian Acupuncture Federation -BAF