There is a wonderful series of posts about Chinese Medicine written by Chris Kresser, a sort of mentor of mine (although he does not know this yet!). Chris is also a licensed acupuncturist in California. But he’s way more than that. He’s a pretty well sought- after integrative practitioner of Functional Medicine, an a New York Times best selling author of the Paleo Cure.
I wonder if he’s actually even practicing acupuncture at all with everything else that he does. But I am grateful that he spent time writing this series of articles demystifying Chinese Medicine for people who would like to know more about this form of healing arts without reading a big thick text book, or finding several research papers.
Chris talks about the origins of myths related to Qi, energy, and meridians. He also goes into depth about how acupuncture works from a Western point of view (i.e.how acupuncture helps stimulate the nervous system to release endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin). He talks about the physiology of pain and how acupuncture can help pain.
The last article of the series goes into why he thinks that acupuncture is an effective method of healthcare and how you can incorporate it into your life.
In short, he did such a good job that there is no reason for me to try to repeat what he said. So I hope that you will hop over to Chris’ site and read the articles for yourself and enjoy!
Have a wonderful week! Stay warm!