Acupuncture is a 5000-year-old medical treatment, still often considered a new treatment in the western world. The basic concept behind acupuncture is the idea that our human bodies are kept healthy and vibrant by our life energies. The life energies, or Qi (Chi or Prana), flow through a specific channel and affect the entire body, with certain points affecting specific locations. When this flow is interrupted or restricted, illness, pain or discomfort can occur.

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Acupuncture is a way to manipulate the 14 channels, or meridians, in the locations where they come closer to the surface of the body. Long needles are inserted through the skin into the specific acupuncture locations. Once inserted, a variety of methods can be used to stimulate through the needles.

It has been suggested that acupuncture raises various hormone levels, blood counts, anti-bodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitter levels. It may contribute to proper constricting and dilating of blood vessels.

The “Gate Control” Theory suggests that acupuncture temporarily closes certain neurological gates, effectively blocking pain both small and large. It has been effectively used to treat a variety of pain, including its use as an anesthesia during surgery. Similarly, some paralysis has been alleviated through the opening of “stuck” gates.

Conditions which acupuncture is useful in treating include pain in various places, arthritis, allergies, muscular problems, depression, anxiety, and chemical addictions.

Exploring Acupressure

The ancient Chinese can be credited with one of the most well-known and practiced methods of relieving various health and pain problems. Much more than just massage, acupressure helps the entire body function better, heal faster and remain stress-free. It is related to acupuncture in the basic concept that pain and problems in one part of the body are controlled and alleviated by pressure points in other parts of the body.

Acupressure works on the basic concept that energy, also known as Chi, flows through the body but can be impeded by built-up pressure. The practices of both acupressure and acupuncture release that pressure and open up channels for the energy to flow smoothly. When these channels are open, the corresponding body locations are pain free and body processes and organs function fully.

Acupressure mats are based on these principles. When acupoints are stimulated it closes or opens the chi (the body’s life force or energy). Stimulation of acupoints allows the flow of chi to be distributed through the regions of the body. When the flow of energy is blocked, it can result in the manifestation of diseases or ailments.

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