Meridians – A Core Concept in the Ancient Practice of Acupuncture

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At his office in Las Vegas, Dr. Timothy Francis offers treatments based in applied kinesiology and chiropractic, naturopathic, and homeopathic medicine. He has also published a leading book on applied kinesiology, and has lectured on several continents. Dr. Timothy Francis’ interest in acupuncture has resulted in several papers, among them one on the theory of body meridians.

The idea that living bodies contain networks of paths along which energy flows is an ancient one. In early Chinese medicine, physicians and philosophers believed that chi, the life force, moves through most of the inside of the body along these paths. Meridians are also said to occur in matched pairs. Practitioners say that blockages or malfunctioning can cause the life-giving chi to be unusable by the body, leading to pain, inflammatory conditions, and other illnesses.

Today’s practitioners understand there to be six major meridian systems associated with organs in the human body. The system of acupuncture is anchored in this theory of meridians, in that each meridian is understood to offer multiple acupuncture points along its length. By selecting the right points for the application of acupuncture techniques, a professional seeks to treat particular conditions along with the proper alignment of the spine and extremity joints.


Theories on How Acupuncture Works



A board-certified applied kinesiologist and naturopath, Dr. Timothy Francis has been providing homeopathic care to patients for more than two decades. Working at his own practice in Las Vegas, Dr. Timothy Francis helps patients with various health issues through the use of treatments such as acupuncture with out needles.

At a basic level, acupuncture is believed to promote natural self-healing and improve various functions in the body. However, there are probably many different specific mechanisms that lead to these benefits.

When acupuncture was developed in China, practitioners believed that it stimulated the body to release qi, the flow of energy. Ancient practitioners thought that disruptions of this flow caused disease. Through acupuncture, the flow of qi was corrected, and patients would heal.

This concept has changed in modern times, but scientists have yet to determine a single mechanism of acupuncture. Some believe the treatment works by stimulating specific nerves in the body that send signals to the brain. The brain then releases beta-endorphins, which help patients feel happier and experience less pain.

Another hypothesis states that acupuncture plays a role in reducing inflammation. Several studies done on humans and animals suggest that acupuncture targets specific pro-inflammatory proteins in the body. Acupuncture may reduce the actions of these proteins and, thus, reduce inflammation and pain.

Acupuncture Provides Relief for Tension Headaches

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Acupuncture and Tension Headaches

Licensed chiropractor and owner of Chiropractic Kinesiology, Dr. Timothy D. Francis assists patients across the United States, Europe, and Canada. Dr. Timothy D. Francis has over thirty published papers. He also has a fellow in acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an all-natural technique that has the potential to provide relief for tension headaches. Acupuncture is the oldest form of health care in the world. Dr. Francis has lectured extensively on acupuncture and applied kinesiology receiving the Alan Beardall Memorial Award for his contributions.

Applied Kinesiology introduced the meridian correlations to muscles in 1970. This has been a part of Applied Kinesiology for over forty years and forms one of the pillars of treatment for patients. Dr. Francis has contributed to the understanding and application of acupuncture world wide.