Over the past several decades, Americans have discovered the impact that the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can have on physical, emotional, and mental health. If you’re suffering from an ailment of any sort, and you’re interested in a holistic answer, reach out to Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac., at her practice in Evanston, Illinois, serving Cook and Lake Counties. Lisa cares for her patients with energy, compassion, and experience. See how acupuncture can open your life by scheduling a consultation online or over the phone today.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese health practice that involves the use of sterile needles. During an acupuncture session, practitioners place these needles in your skin at various acupuncture points.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points, which connect with the meridians. Meridians are pathways that move like rivers and conduct energy, or qi, between the body’s organs and surfaces.
When a meridian becomes blocked, your qi can’t flow correctly, and your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health can suffer in various ways.
By inserting needles at carefully selected points, acupuncturists stimulate the flow in the blocked area and restore the balance of yin and yang in the body.
Western scientists have various theories on acupuncture. For example, some believe that it works by activating the central nervous system and causing it to release chemicals that either change how the body experiences pain, or alter the body’s self-regulating system.
At her practice, Lisa offers acupuncture therapy for countless ailments and conditions, including:
Acupuncture can also help with things like addiction control, smoking cessation, chronic fatigue, and bladder dysfunction.
Typically, acupuncture does not hurt. In fact, you can barely feel their insertion into the skin. During treatment, you may sense a feeling of movement or spreading, or perhaps an achy or heavy sensation. Practitioners call this sensation de qi.
At the end of your session, you’ll likely feel deeply relaxed and calm.
Similar to acupuncture, gua sha, is another ancient Chinese healing technique that Lisa performs on her patients.
Gua sha focuses on what traditional Chinese medicine practitioners call qi, or chi. According to tradition, qi is life force energy.
When qi becomes stagnant, the body experiences inflammation.
During the practice, Lisa scrapes your skin with a smooth-edged gua sha massage tool. This scraping doesn’t break the skin, but rather stimulates circulation in the local soft tissue. By improving circulation, gua sha reduces inflammation.
Gua sha diminishes conditions related to inflammation, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. It can also improve Hepatitis B symptoms, migraines, and breast engorgement in breastfeeding women.
Lisa offers cupping, the goal of which is to improve circulation, in conjunction with acupuncture. During the practice, she applies suction cups to the skin. The cups pull superficial tissue in, thus improving circulation.
Acupuncture and modalities like gua sha and cupping can drastically improve your life. If you’re seeking alternative pain relief or relief for conditions like anxiety, consider acupuncture.
To learn if it might be a good fit for you, schedule an appointment with Lisa online or over the phone today.