Wellness Brief: In a Nut Shell … What is Acupuncture?
by Jacqui Strike
Editor’s note: Wellness Brief is a monthly column that will look at all aspects of health and living well, and will offer tips on how to bring well-being into your daily life.
What is Qi and why would
The term Qi comes from traditional Chinese culture. It is difficult for many people to relate to Qi because it cannot be seen and is often translated into "life force." Our life force, or Qi, circulates around our body via pathways called meridians. Meridians nourish the whole body from head to toe and are the map of acupuncture points that can affect Qi flow locally or distally.
A person’s health is influenced by the quantity and free flow of Qi. That is why it behooves us to pay attention to the balance and condition of our Qi. When our Qi is flowing in a balanced and unencumbered fashion, we are in good health and symptom free. Our Qi flow can be improved or hindered by the foods we do or do not eat, the exercise we do or do not do and the emotions that we experience or do not experience. Furthermore, our Qi flow can be improved or hindered by adequate sleep or lack of sleep, as well as stress or lack of stress.
What does an Acupuncturist do?
On your first visit, your acupuncturist will gather information regarding your past medical history, your current signs and symptoms, and your tongue and pulse to differentiate the very best needle placement to eliminate pain and restore balance.
To find an acupuncturist near you, visit the Acupuncture Association of Colorado at acucol.com/find-an-acupuncturist.
May the force be with you!
See Jacqui’s video at bit.ly/DBAaccu as she practices on DBA President Dan McCune.
Jacqui Strike LAc, MSCTM, CMT, PRO is a board member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and owner of Set the Chi Free at La Fontaine, 2774 E. 2nd Ave., Cherry Creek, CO. If you have questions contact Jacqui at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 514-0693.
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