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The History Behind Acupuncture – Find Your “qi”

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Ever wonder where Acupuncture first came from and why it works so well? Contrary to common belief, acupuncture is not just a trendy new form of alternative medicine. Acupuncture is actually an ancient form of healing that originated in Ancient China over 2,500 years ago. The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is that there is an energy that flows through human bodies called “qi” (chi). The flow can be disrupted by toxins in the body and these toxins can be released by inserting sharpened objects into the proper acupuncture points, thus allowing a person’s qi to flow evenly.

A person’s qi is made up of 5 components or phases; wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each phase correlates with different aspects of the body and character.

Wood – People with a balanced wood energy have clear goals and visions. An imbalance is expressed by indecisiveness and a lack of life direction.

Fire – People with balanced fire energy are charismatic and love people. An imbalance might make a person seem boring and bland. They may also suffer from anxiety.

Earth – People with balanced earth energy are compassionate and considerate. An imbalance can lead to constant worrying or absentmindedness.

Metal – People with balanced metal energy are organized and structured. An imbalance may be evidenced by depression or constant sadness.

Water – People with balanced water energy are determined. A person with an imbalance may exhibit anxiety and withdrawal.

In modern times, acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, relieve pain, and increase energy. Acupuncture has been used to treat chronic pain and migraines as well. If you want to improve one phase of your qi or experience the scientifically proven benefits of acupuncture, call DreamBody Medical Centers to schedule a consultation and to learn more about this ancient art.

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