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Acupuncture and Pain
Most people experience significant pain at some time in their lives - wheather 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.
An Acupuncturist's approach to pain
Acupunture practitioners recognize that there is a vital energy called QI (pronounced "chee") circulating withing 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, plans 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 arise.
Many things can cause QI to become blocked:
- Poor diet
- Physical trauma
- Emotional trauma
- Inherited weakness of QI
- Chemical, physical, and/or emotional stress