What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an Eastern form of medical treatment that originated in China over 5,000 years ago and is now commonly practiced thought the United States and around the world. The acupuncture physician will invoke your bodies immune system and homeostatic response, by using thin as hair needles in specific acupoints on the body. From an Eastern perspective, we are all energy(Qi=life energy). When there is disfunction in a persons Qi/energy it will show itself as pain, hormonal imbalance, depression, anxiety, or any other physical or spiritual malady one might have. We are self healing and self correcting organisms, but often we need outside help to heal properly. The role of the acupuncturist is simply to reestablish the healthy movement of Qi and restore the balance and vitality of the individual.
How does acupuncture work? Western research shows:
Acupuncture affects higher brain areas, stimulating the secretion of beta-endorphins and enkephalins in the brain and spinal cord. It stimulates the release of Norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and several types of opioids, affecting their turnover rate, normalizing the autonomic nervous system, and reducing pain. These points are known to stimulate the hormonal, immune, or endocrine systems. This insertion has been proven to trigger the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, enkephalins, and Substance P. Together, these natural endogenous chemicals influence the immune system, and hormones, help reduce stress, pain, and inflammation, and increase circulation.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has been recognized by the World Health Organization, through research studies, as a safe and effective treatment for over 200 common health conditions. Just a few of these complaints include:
- Pain: Chronic, acute, and musculoskeletal
- Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia
- Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel, TMJ, Arthritis
- Migraines and Tension Headaches
- Allergies and Asthma
- Tinnitus and Dizziness
- Menstrual Pain and Irregularity
- Infertility and Hormone Imbalance
- Surgical recovery