As weekly treatment progresses over the course of just a few months, it is likely that you will have an embodied experience of what constitutes a balanced state of health for you. The need for any intervention from your acupuncturist will diminish, and seasonal treatments - "scheduled maintenance"
It is possible to achieve health without side-effects. Dr. Vincent Pedre explains the contemporary western understanding of acupuncture as such: "needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system through peripheral afferent fibers (nerve fibers that carry signals to the central nervous system) to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.
These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals (such as endorphins and enkephalins)
With its roots in classical texts dating back several thousand years, contemporary Chinese Medicine is the primary health care system for one-third of the global population. Today, this ancient healing art has stood the test of time, and has evolved as a medicine of global relevance. Sustainable, holistic approaches such as Acupuncture are much needed in our American healthcare system, where patient costs are soaring and personal care is not primary.
What is qi?
The Chinese character for qi is a picture of a rice pot cooking over a fire; the lid is bobbing up and down, and a bit of steam is escaping from the pot. The rice is not undercooked and the pot is not overflowing, everything is moving in perfect harmony: life is moving.
Acupuncture helps qi move in the proper direction in your body. Just as a network of rivers, seas, and oceans run throughout the earth to sustain life, your body contains a circuitry of pathways called meridians. Meridians carry qi. The uninterrupted flow of qi in your body is essential to good health. Pain, whether it be physical or emotional, is often the result of the stagnation of qi. Acupuncture is just one way to move qi; exercise, yoga, tai chi, meditation, deep breathing, creative expression, and even lifestyle coaching all contribute to healthy movement.
What happens when qi stagnates?
When the waters of an ocean are polluted or a fallen tree obstructs the course of a river, steps must be taken to clear toxicity or to remove obstructions and re-establish the flow of movement. When you receive an Acupuncture treatment, your practitioner assesses the how qi is moving within your body, and determines the cause of stagnation or disease. She does this by assessing bodily phenomena, taking your pulses, and asking questions.
To see a demonstration of Main Line Acupuncture watch this youtube video