Dr Debbie Smith, Plettenberg bay, Garden route, Bryanston

What is acupuncture?

The Ancient healing modality

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that originated in China thousands of years ago. The basic premise behind medicine is that humans are dependent on energy to live and be healthy. Acupuncture uses the body’s energy to heal.

In the East, they call the energy of the body ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’), and they say it ‘flows’ through our bodies, providing us with life. When ‘Qi’ flows well, it keeps us healthy and strong. However, if something impairs the flow of ‘Qi,’ we may feel tired and become ill.

We can gain a better understanding of this concept by considering how challenging it is to think and function effectively when we feel tired or exhausted, or when we claim to have ‘no energy.’ During these times, we experience frustration, wear ourselves down, or succumb to illness. Conversely, when we possess abundant energy, life appears more manageable, and we are less prone to exhaustion, making it easier to fend off or evade common illnesses like the flu.

Acupuncture improves the body’s energy and improves blood flow. It can help the body have more energy (many people comment that they feel really energetic after their treatment). It can also help the blood of the body flow better. When the blood of the body does not flow well, we may experience problems such as migraines and pain. Acupuncture releases beta-endorphins in the brain, which helps to control pain. Acupuncture is well documented for effectively treating pain.  (https://shorturl.at/ekIKO)

What science knows how acupuncture works

Acupuncture model in front of yellow flowers

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