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San Diego, CA 92109

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

How does acupuncture work ?

I get asked this question a lot! There are several prominent theories and many studies showing how one or more points affects a particular system, but no cohesive theory that can explain every point action.

What I believe is that different points function by different mechanisms, based on their body location. Many of the theories about how acupuncture work are based on studying one or another major points, but not all point locations are similar to each other.

When most people think about acupuncture, they are familiar with its ability to control pain. However, acupuncture has a proven record of treating a variety of endocrine, circulatory, and systemic conditions. Over the last few decades, research has been conducted seeking to explain how acupuncture works and what it treats. Below I summarized it as I could, but if you dont want to read more, here is the short list.

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Ionic Foot Detox


A short video explaining how foot detox works.

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Liver Qi Stagnation

The Liver and Liver Qi Stagnation  Spring is ruled by the wood element, which is associated with the liver, an organ with an incredible capacity for regeneration.

When searching for the underlying cause of disease, practitioners of Chinese medicine often look first to the liver. The health of your liver reflects your overall health and well-being.

The liver filters over a liter of blood every minute. It is responsible for detoxifying, nourishing, replenishing, and storing blood. It also acts to energize the blood by releasing stored sugar, and it recombines amino acids to create the protein our bodies need to grow and repair tissue. Liver Qi Stagnation According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body and smoothing our emotions. Anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our Qi is not flowing smoothly. This is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation, one of the most common imbalances treated by Eastern medicine practitioners in the United States. Acupressure Points for Moving Qi A popular treatment for the stress, anger, and frustration associated with Liver Qi Stagnation is known as the “four gates.” The four gates are the right and left side acupuncture points Lv 3–Liver 3 (Taichong) and Large LI 4–Large Intestine 4 (Hegu).

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