A) INTERNAL CAUSES: Emotional stress. Emotional responses such as depression, sadness, shock, anger, irritation, rage, worry, fear, grief and anxiety can result in illness within the body. While these responses are normal responses towards the situations we may encounter in our daily lives, they can result in disease, especially when they are prolonged in any way. Genetics can also play a role as traditional Chinese medicine believes that during conception the fetus inherits certain traits from its parents (Jing-essence). This can be linked to cancer and allergies.
B) EXTERNAL CAUSES: This type of disharmony is related to climate conditions. There are six pathological factors: wind, cold, damp, fire, heat, dryness and summer heat. When different climatic conditions occur throughout the year, our beings usually adapt to these changes as they occur. However, during extreme cases, when the conditions are prolonged or even when we see abnormal conditions such as warm weather in the winter, your being can have trouble adapting. This makes us more vulnerable to becoming ill.
C) MISCELLANEOUS/OTHER CAUSES: This can include diet, exercise, sexual activity and physical trauma. All of these can have an influence on our bodies and in some cases can negatively influence them and our flow of Qi.
Acupuncture, when practiced in its purest form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, can be one of the most essential healing tools in helping restore someone to a state of health, well-being and balance. The essence of Acupuncture is based on the flow of energy in one's body. This energy is referred to as "Qi" (pronounced chee). The Qi flows through channels in the body called "Meridians."
Traditional Chinese medicine dictates that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 (12 main, 8 secondary) meridians. These Meridians are related to the internal organs, and when the Qi is stagnant or inhibited from flowing optimally, it causes the body to be out of balance. This can cause disease and pain.
Acupuncture helps to treat this issue by stimulating the Qi, which encourages the energy to move optimally through the channels thus restoring balance in the body. Acupunctures simple application and wide range of benefits are one of many reasons why more and more people are choosing to receive Acupuncture therapy today.
Chinese herbal medicine has been in use for over 5,000 years and can be regarded as one of the world's safest, oldest and comprehensive forms of medical care. This holistic form of health care integrates plant remedies with emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of health. The herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine possess powerful healing properties that are able to restore one's health by correcting imbalances in the human body, ultimately improving the body's functions.
All herbs are specially farmed in China and include flowers, leaves, stalks, seeds, barks and roots. Each herb contains healing properties to be used for specific purposes and perform particular functions. Herbal prescriptions/recipes are individualized to each patient's condition. These herbs can be cooked and taken as a tea (decoction) or taken in tablet form.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have a variety of techniques that they are trained on to assess your Qi flow and any imbalances that may occur.
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, and they are not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than a half-inch to an inch depending on the type of treatment being delivered.
While each person experiences acupuncture differently, some people reportedly feel a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed. Pain and discomfort from needling is minimal or in many cases non-existent.
When practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. As a system of health care, acupuncture already has some inherent safeguards. Because the treatment is drug-free, patients do not have to worry about taking several doses of a medication or suffering a possible adverse reaction.
Properly administered, acupuncture does no harm. However, there are certain conditions you should notify an acupuncturist about before undergoing treatment. If you have a pacemaker, for instance, you should not receive electro acupuncture due to the possibility of electromagnetic interference with the pacemaker. Similarly, if you have a tendency to bleed or bruise easily, or if you are a hemophiliac, you may want to consider a different type of care.