"When there is stoppage, there is pain."
This traditional Chinese medicine saying describes the reason why pain occurs in the body. The stoppage is referring to the slowing or obstruction of the flow of qi (or life-force substance), blood and fluids in the body. When the flow is interrupted, pain is felt.
An example of this is pain is that which occurs upon waking in the morning, but is relieved after getting up and moving around for a while. The increase of blood flowing through the area that is "stuck" relieves the pain.
This is exactly what acupuncture does.
It promotes the free flow of substances within the body by activating points and freeing movement along channels or meridians. These meridians run through the musculoskeletal system and internal organs, which allows acupuncture to give a regulating effect through the entire body.
Feeling emotionally or mentally stuck? Acupuncture relieves emotional distress in the same way that it relieves physical pain. There are channels that run the length of the entire body and into the brain. In fact, you can needle a point on the foot to benefit the brain. The mind and body are connected- if you address one, you address the other.
Also, there are many people who are nervous about getting acupuncture because needles are used. Acupuncture needles are nothing like hollow, hypodermic needles. They are extremely thin and solid and, typically, very little sensation is felt upon insertion of a needle.
So forget about the stuck part and
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