SARAH HAUER: Hi. I’m Sarah Hauer. SIG HAUER:
And I’m Sid Hauer, and we’re professional practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.
SARAH HAUER: We’re here on behalf of Expert Village. SIG HAUER: And welcome to our video.
SARAH HAUER: One of the questions we get asked quite frequently is “What does it do?” “What
does acupuncture actually do?” and “If we were to put a person under a microscope and
look through for chi, we wouldn’t be able to indentify it?” It’s not something that
is can be perceived by our eyes, but chi is very similar. We use the analogy of electricity,
and we can’t see electricity but we depend on it every day, and know it’s there and become
more accustomed to using it. What we do know that happens when acupuncture needles are
inserted into the body is there’s an endorphin release, and this is the same thing that happens
when you’re very happy or when you exercise vigorously. It’s a feeling, that general feeling
of well being. And we also know that the respiration slows and the cardiovascular systems slows,
all the organ functions slow, so there’s a deep, deep relaxation that occurs. In traditional
Chinese medicine, what happens is we’re balancing chi, and what can happen quite frequently
is that chi gets stuck. And so, depending on the placement of the needles, we can open
gates and help chi to flow more freely. That’s a very simplistic definition of what we do
with acupuncture needles. There are many more components to it, and the human body is a
very complicated and beautiful organism, and we work with its ability to balance itself.
There is an inherent ability of the body to heal itself and acupuncture works with that,
strengthens that. So, as we said earlier, if you come in for gastrointestinal problems,
you may notice after a few treatments that your sleep is much improved. Or that you have
a–your stress level, the stress in your life may have not changed, but the way you manage
it may be different. It may not be getting to you quite as much as it did before. So,
balancing your chi works on a lot of levels. And in acupuncture, it is very important for
us to listen to your individual messages from your body, so that we can tune our treatments
to best support you.