Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old art of healing developed in China. It is based on the energetic pathways in the body known as meridians. Very thin needles are inserted in to specific points on the body with the intention of balancing the meridians and thereby balancing the body. One might compare the meridians to electrical cords- if the wires are bent or frayed heat can be felt on the cord and the light at the other end might flicker.  Same in the body, issues in one part of the body can create symptoms in another. 

Acupuncture along with herbs, dietary counseling, Qi Gong, Tai Ji, and other meditative practices are all part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the primary form of medicine practice in China and support the four pillars of health (proper rest, activity, nutrition and emotions). Hospitals in China currently combine both western and traditional medicine to give a more holistic approach. 

Acupuncture can be used to treat any condition whether physical or emotional. Some conditions respond better to herbs and dietary changes while others respond well to just one or two acupuncture treatments. Symptoms that are new or recent respond more quickly than those that have persisted for months or years prior to seeking help. Nevertheless, even long-standing symptoms can often be lessened within a short period of time. 

Stefanie Lischer Liers MAOM, LAc, RN InSight-Healing Acupuncture, Colorpuncture, Herbs, Wellness Tucson, AZ

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