Most people experience significant pain at some time in their lives—whether from an injury, illness, or an 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.
No one should have to live with discomfort, but which treatment is right for you? Often times, people suffering take medication to dull the aches and soreness. Taking medication is understandable when trouble is constant and unbearable. It may be helpful to dull the symptoms for a short period of time, but it will not get at the root of the problem and correct it. 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.
Acupuncture & TCM 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. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a wide range of causes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners 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 within your body. Wherever 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.
Many things can cause Qi to become blocked causing pain:
It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body– leading to pain relief. 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, the acupuncturist in our Boise office 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.
In addition to acupuncture, your practitioner may also provide Shiatsu massage, nutritional counseling, or an Qi Gong exercise program designed to help decrease the pain. We may also recommend herbal medicines or vitamin supplements. We offer all of these Chinese medicinal services in our Boise acupuncture clinic.
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