Acupuncture is an ancient holistic therapy developed in China approximately 3,000 years ago. It utilizes very fine needles that are inserted into specific points in the body that run along meridian channels. Acupuncture at MindBody Med in Seattle, WA promotes physical, mental, and emotional healing and wellness.
How Does Acupuncture Heal & Restore The Body?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners believe the treatment stimulates qi (life force) in the body. In TCM, when qi is blocked it can lead to pain and disease. Acupuncture can help open up these pathways and restore balance to the body.
Modern-day studies indicate acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, causing the release of natural feel-good chemicals. These biochemical changes can help reduce pain and stimulate the body’s own natural healing ability.
- Opens Up Pathways So Qi Can Move Freely
- Releases The Body’s Natural Feel-Good Chemicals
- Drug-Free Pain Management
- Stimulates The Body’s Own Natural Healing Ability
A Centuries Old Healing Modality Spreads Across The Globe
The first organized documentation of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment is believed to be the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating back to 100 B.C. Once the benefits of acupuncture became well-known in China, it quickly spread to nearby countries. It eventually reached Europe in the 2nd half of the 17th century.
Once Believed To Be Superstition, Now Backed By Science
There have been times in history when the popularity of acupuncture and other TCM treatments has waned. As modern medicine was introduced, many people started to believe acupuncture was based on superstitious beliefs. However, modern-day scientific studies have shown it to be an effective treatment for pain management and a variety of ailments.
How Acupuncture Became A Popular Form Of Alternative Medicine In The Western World
Acupuncture did not become popular in the United States until after former President Nixon’s visit to China in the 1970s. Nixon’s physician, who attended the trip with him, later wrote an article in the Reader’s Digest entitled, “I watched acupuncture work.”
What Is A Typical Acupuncture Session Like?
Your acupuncturist will first do an intake of your medical history and symptoms. Based on your assessment, your practitioner will insert fine needles into different points of your body. There is a period of relaxation while the needles are still inserted. For most people, there’s little to no discomfort, and many patients feel so relaxed they may even fall asleep.
What To Expect After Your Treatment
After your treatment, you may feel a little lightheaded, or “out of it.” It’s recommended to wait a few minutes to wake up before deciding to drive. If it’s your first treatment, you may want to arrange a ride.
How To Find The Best Acupuncturist For You
When researching acupuncturists in Seattle, make sure to confirm they are licensed. Ask about their education, years of experience, and any certifications. Make sure they can treat the symptoms you are experiencing.
- Confirm License & Certifications
- Ask About Education & Background
- Find Out If They Have Experience Treating Your Symptoms
Finding Balance & Wellness With Acupuncture Seattle
MindBody Med in Seattle, WA is a holistic chiropractic clinic that embraces Traditional Chinese Medicine and other holistic forms of therapy such as massage, dry needling, and functional nutrition. Our goal is to help promote health and wellness with holistic treatments that are proven to be safe and effective with little to no downtime or side effects. To experience the healing benefits of acupuncture, or any other treatments we offer, give us a call today to set up an appointment.