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Lou Ann Behringer, L.Ac.

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About Acupuncture and Meridian Therapy


What is Acupuncture Meridian Therapy?

Acupuncture is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. The intent of acupuncture is to promote health and alleviate suffering. Here in the West the introduction of acupuncture is fairly new and its acceptance as a viable form of alternative medicine is growing exponentially.

Recent discoveries in quantum physics lead us to see in 'quanta' this interconnecting matrix overlaying the body's central nervous system. This system is multi-faceted and works in harmony with all the body's systems: nervous, circulatory, muscular, digestive, genitourinary as well as all other body systems. Along these specific networks there are 'points' when stimulated that communicate with this interconnecting matrix. The stimulation helps change the movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. Acupuncture practitioners are trained to select several relevant points to help the body facilitate specific results.

Our body is a unique organic unity. It is a combination of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy can help maintain or restore lost unity by stimulating points on the body connecting meridians, balancing our vital energy. This vital energy is a unification of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experiences.

Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body's immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:

  • Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
  • Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
  • Improving overall health.

A short historical Overview

Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy originated in Asia over 5,000 years ago. It is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The word acupuncture was coined by Marco Polo when he described seeing this medical art during his travels to the Orient in the late thirteenth-century Asia. Acupuncture means 'to puncture with a needle.

Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy is a principal; there are many ways to stimulate an Acupoint without the use of penetrating the skin with needles.

In the 1880s as Chinese began to immigrate to the United States they brought and continued to practice their established medical arts. In the West since that time Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy was known and respected within small circles intrested and associated with Asian medicine.

Mao Tse-tung opened China's doors to diplomatic relations with the United States in the summer of 1971. It was then that mainstream Westerners head of Acupuncture. On July 17th while in Peking reporting on this historical event, correspondent James Reston suffered an 'acute appendicitis.' In an article in the New York Times on July 26th mainstream United States read of the practice of Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy when Reston reported on his remarkably successful surgery and experience with Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy.

In the relatively short 37 years since that time, Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy has become a household word in the West. Its philosophy of yin and yang, two opposite yet complementary forces is accepted as science fact; a body in balance is healthy, a body in imbalance is not.

Approximately 8.2 million American adults have used Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy, seeking this health care system to help maintain or restore health, alleviate suffering and the causes of suffering.

How does Meridian Therapy work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory

The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (or meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These meridians are rivers of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy has identified 71 meridians and thousands of points in the human body. These meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each major organ is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and other organs. This interconnecting matrix when balanced facilitates health.

In Asia it is believed that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one or several of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body's innate balance is disrupted and illness results.

Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by stimulating specific points, the goal; to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.

Acupuncture, Modern Science: No Needles

Ewam Health exclusively uses the laser, not needles, to facilitate stimulation of Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy. By studying how the needles stimulates and mimicking this action, quantum physics helped us to discover and establish laser light, at a specific frequency, as the newest, non-invasive and painless modality. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy is not yet fully understood by Western science, scientists are beginning to "see" the body's response to Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy. For example, using MRI researchers have shown when an Acupoint is stimulated at specific points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.

In the West, Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain. Because of this, the majority of Western research thus far has been investigation in this area.

Lou Ann Behringer has exclusively used the laser for all dysfunction and disease that has come to her attention in the past twelve years. Her work in the field of Acupuncture/Meridian dealing with neurological disease, strokes, and diseases of the central nervous system, spinal cord and vestibule syndrome involvement is facilitating remarkable results. In many of these cases Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy has been able to facilitate these remarkable results the likes of which Western medicine has yet to 'catch-up'.

Treating Aches & Pains with Laser

Now you will be able to treat your aches and pains. You are now able, with training, to use the laser effectively at home. You can have a new tool for your medicine chest, a tool that can benefit and balance your body allowing for vibrant health.

We are at a junction in our health care. We are able to learn techniques that help us in our constant striving and struggle to live without pain and suffering. We can and must investigate what is sensible, practical, safe and effective. We can and must chose and then integrate our discoveries in smart ways that allow us to take our own health care into our own hands. We can become partners with our physicians and health care providers.


Oriental medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided an active and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. Western science and Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body's natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. A combination of Eastern and Western health systems creates an ideal environment of health and our ability to heal. When it comes down to it all any of us want is to be happy and healthy. We can help ourselves to alleviate suffering and the causes of suffering. That we are able to learn and utilize techniques to help our body facility change is a quantum change in how we can participate in our own well being.

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4050 East Greenway Road, Suite 1, Phoenix, Arizona 85032, 602-809-3381, louann@ewamhealth.org
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