How Do Acupuncture & Herbs Restore Body Balance

By Patricia | November 11, 2008
Acupuncture Herbs For Body Balance

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese technique. It has been practiced across Asia for over 2000 years. It follows the belief that the human body is a pathway of energy. When the energy is free flowing, the body is in a perfect state of balance. However when this energy is blocked, the body is at a disequilibrium and is prone to illness. This condition can be corrected using acupuncture.

Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin at various points on the body. These points are known as meridians and they lie on the energy pathways in the body. The pressure induced by inserting the needles, releases any energy blockages along these meridians.

Acupuncture Herbs

Acupuncture and herbs are complementary tools in Chinese medicine. They work together to restore the body’s balance. The two are used in various permutations and combination depending on the needs of the patient. Herbs can form a supplementary treatment in the forms of teas and pills that can be taken by the patient at home or can be used during the acupuncture procedure to further enhance the effects of the treatment.

Herbs are soothing and gentle on the body. They do not contain the high levels of toxicity as compared to pharmaceutical medications. This means they cause no harsh side effects. Not only do they relieve the symptoms that are bothering you, but they also treat the root cause of illness and restore the body’s balance; they provide a holistic approach to treatment.

Many acupuncturists prefer incorporating herbs like Moxa into their treatment plan. Moxa is a popular Chinese herb and can be applied externally, directly on the skin, or ingested in the form of a tea, or pills. When used externally, the herb is applied on the skin and is lit along the acupuncture points; the heat generated from the burning herb stimulates Qi, the vital energy, and begins the healing process. In other forms of treatment the tip of the acupuncture needles are wrapped with a bit of moxa. Once the needles are inserted, the moxa is lit, further enhancing the impact of treatment. Other acupuncturists prefer to use a lit moxa stick and hold and run it over the acupuncture points of the body. In this form of treatment, the lit stick does not touch the skin.

Combining acupuncture with herbs proves to be very effective. It is especially good at dealing with chronic pain, menstrual disorders, correcting breech pregnancies, and sorting digestive disorders. It is very important that you seek out a trained acupuncturist who uses the correct, approved herbs.

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