What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called chi or "KI", flowing through your body. Ki is thought to flow along energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe a blocking or imbalance of the flow of Ki at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Chinese medicine practitioners believe acupuncture unblocks and rebalances the flow of Ki to restore health.
YES! That's what we do in classes. Rebalancing KI! (I will show how to in up coming tweet and video for you)
People often use acupuncture to relieve pain. Western medical researchers who have studied acupuncture believe that it may reduce pain through body chemicals that have calming effects (opioid peptides), or by affecting glands (such as the hypothalamus) that produce substances the body uses.
Chinese acupuncture usually is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body to influence energy flow along the body's meridians. Other types of acupuncture may use heat, pressure, or mild electrical current to stimulate energy flow along these meridians.
What is acupuncture used for?
People use acupuncture to relieve pain and treat certain health conditions. You can use it by itself or as part of a treatment program. Also Acupuncture is called one of passive treatment. It feels good immediately but don't last long. It's for quick fix.
Acupuncture also may be useful for:
- Stroke rehabilitation, which involves relearning skills that a person lost because of brain damage from a stroke.
- Headache. A recent study shows that adding acupuncture to standard treatment leads to significant, long-lasting relief from chronic headaches, especially migraines.1
- Menstrual cramps.
- Tennis elbow.
- Fibromyalgia, or widespread pain and tenderness of muscle and soft tissue.
- Myofascial pain, caused by spasm in the muscles.
- Osteoarthritis, or the breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that protects and cushions joints. A recent study found that acupuncture can reduce knee pain and increase movement of the knee in people with osteoarthritis.2
- Low back pain.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, or pressure on a nerve in the wrist that results in tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand.
- Asthma, or inflammation in the tubes that carry air to the lungs, resulting in periodic episodes of difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing.
- Dental pain.
- Labor pain. (information by Kaiser)
Is acupuncture safe?
In general, acupuncture is safe when done by a certified acupuncturist. A state license ensures that the acupuncturist has a certain level of training and follows certain practice guidelines. But there are still a few states where acupuncture is not licensed.
In rare cases, complications or adverse events may occur. If the acupuncturist uses nonsterilized needles, there is a risk of infection. But acupuncturists today dispose of their needles after one use. Make sure the practitioner you visit uses sterilized or disposable needles. Talk with your doctor if you have other questions about the safety of acupuncture.
AyaCise has acupressure self-massage movements that is shared the same concept by Acupuncture. The concept of the class is that you don't need doctors putting needle on you, but you can treat yourself with your own hands in the Ki Flow classes. Let's get together to give ourselves a nice self-massage. We have warm up meditation with this acupressure self-massage before Ki Flow movements start. It makes the energy to go through our bodies easier.

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