Acupuncture is originally based on the concept of Qi, which roughly translates to “energy”, and can also be used as a metaphor for metabolic function. However, when looking at Chinese Medicine using the latest in science and technology it seems we may have mistranslated the word Qi. In fact, all the jargon in Chinese Medicine makes just as much sense if we translate the word as ‘vital air’, or in other words ‘oxygen’. Why is this important? If you improve your breathing and get the heart pumping more effectively then you feel better. This is what acupuncture does.
Modern research has shown that when one receives acupuncture it causes either a down-regulation (if your over active) or up-regulatation (if you are under active). In other words, if you need a pick up, it will boost you up, or if you need to relax, it will calm you down. We use different acupuncture points to direct that response to specific areas of the body. Your nervous system is a wonderful thing. It is responsible for passive things like sleep, digestion and healing, but also involved active things like thinking, movement and stress. When you have chronic pain, somewhere along the way, these processes get muddled up, or one overtakes the other. The balance is “out”. Acupuncture is believed to help restore your balance and un-muddle these processes.