New York Acupuncture

Acupuncture in New York City

How does acupuncture work?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM), the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang.  Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle.  According to TCM, health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state”; disease is a result of an internal imbalance of yin and yang.  This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.  The meridians traverse the entire body and “connect the body in a web-like interconnecting matrix” of more than 350 acupuncture points.  The meridians can be likened to energetic canals flowing through the inside of the body and on its surface to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energetic canals, however, is like a dam that backs up in others.

The meridians can be affected by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the energetic obstruction at the dams, and re-synchronize the regular flow through the meridians.  As a result, acupuncture treatments can help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

Western medicine postulates that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins in the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system to heal itself.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

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