Most people experience significant pain at some point in their lives-whether from an injury, illness or unknown cause. Pain is a warning signal, an alarm that goes off when your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong and out of balance.
Often times, people suffering from pain take medication to dull the pain. Taking medication is understandable when pain is constant and unbearable as it may be helpful to dull the symptoms for a short period of time. It will not however get to the root of the problem and correct it. It is like hitting the snooze button on an alarm. Unless the cause of the pain is treated, your body will keep sounding the alarm and reminding you that something is wrong. Eventually the pain may get worse or become chronic. It is also possible for the medications to cause unwanted side effects and further compromise your health.
Surgery may be another option. At times, this approach may make sense, but it could be both expensive and risky, and there is never a guarantee that it will be effective.
Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, effective, natural and drug free way to eliminate pain. Unlike other methods of handling pain, there are no side effects. Well known and leading national and international health organizations acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a wide range of causes. Licensed Acupuncturists recognize that there is a vital energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”), circulating within the body. Qi flows through a series of pathways called meridians. Meridians are like rivers running through your body. Whenever a river flows, it brings with it water that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants and people around it. Likewise, meridians transport life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body. It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body. Think of water flowing through a garden hose. A blocked hose will not provide an adequate supply of water to a plant. Eventually the plant will be unable to thrive, grow and blossom. Similarly, a blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the body will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands. Under normal circumstances, your body can easily return to good health and vitality. If the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and a variety of symptoms, including pain, may arise.
By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points, an Acupuncturist is able to break up blockages that have hampered the smooth flow of Qi. Once this is done, Qi can travel freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being and vitality. Not only can acupuncture treat the signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort, it can also get to and unravel the root cause of the problem thus causing the symptoms to disappear completely. When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heal on deeper levels.