When we think of acupuncture, we get mixed images of a Chinese healer with needles, ready to pluck them through your body. Many people believe it to be a dead practice, which is certainly not the case. Where most people would see it as an old and primitive way to heal, there are many who still believe in its healing capabilities. The most common misconception among people is that it is a myth or something magical which was only a part of people’s naive imagination in olden times. Well i am here to tell you that it’s not. Acupuncture is not a myth, it is an art and even a science in itself.

First things first, if you want to learn more about acupuncture, you have to learn about Qi( pronounced chi). Qi is the life energy found in all forms of life. Its the energy which drives every being to live, and is commonly called vital energy. In the Chinese culture, Qi is the basis of all life, and Chinese martial arts and medicine revolves around it. George Lucas developed his story of Star Wars on the basis of Qi, and called it the Force in his movies.

Acupuncture: Myth or Science?

So how are Acupuncture and Qi interconnected? Acupuncture targets several points on the superficial side of the human body, at specific Qi sensitive points, to regulate the Qi in your body in such a way that the mind diverts all its resources towards healing the body of whatever it is going through.

For those of you think that there is no Science involved and it’s just hocus pocus, here is the explanation. When the needles are punctured into the skin on specific points, the prick creates a micro trauma current which signals the brain to redirect all its resources towards the affected area. All resources here meaning Oxygen, blood and lymph, or in one simple word, Qi. The lymph, blood and oxygen together start working on the regeneration process required by the body part. The brain also gets the signal to reduce the inflammation on the specific body part, hence reducing the pain and eventually killing it off.

Acupuncture also helps to reduce stress. Acupuncture makes the brain release more oxytocin, a hormone which regulates the parasympathetic nerves in the nervous system. These nerves are responsible for muscle relaxation and peace of mind. The Chinese have been using it for centuries, and it still serves as the preferred form of medication in most of the rural parts of China.

I can’t convince the whole world about the wonderful effects of Acupuncture, about how it works and how it can change people’s lives. All i can do is request people to give it a shot and find it out for themselves the practical effects and uses of acupuncture. Users report that they feel light both in body and in the mind. You can find out more about acupuncture online and the many therapists around you who are practicing it.

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