How does acupuncture work?
Systemic balance is critical to one's health and wellness, in western medicine this is known as homeostasis. Any imbalance can result in disorders such as pain, injury, insomnia, digestive issues, stress, gynecological disorders, allergies, depression, colds and a myriad of other complications. Acupuncture helps restore one's nature balance so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own optimal health.
From a Western medicine perspective, research has shown that acupuncture treatment triggers different physiological responses, such as:
Stimulating the immune system and increasing white blood cells, which defend the body against infection.
Increasing blood circulation and producing beneficial changes in blood pressure; Decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides.
Increasing stomach peristaltic activity and regulating digestive fluids, thereby improving digestion.
Regulating and stimulating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is directly related to sleep, appetite, and moods.
Increasing the availability of receptors in the brain that process and weaken pain signals.
Affecting both the brain’s short- and long-term ability to reduce pain sensation.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles can have a certain sensation after they are inserted. They are much much thinner then hypodermic needles. About 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle!
Due to the acupuncture needles being so fine and the swiftness of the insertion, the pain reflexes on the nerve endings are not even stimulated. There are some areas of the body that will always be more sensitive including the fingers, toes and palms, but it's generally nothing more than a quick little prick. By the time all the needles are inserted, you generally do not feel any of them and are consumed with a sense of calm relaxation.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified approximately 40 diseases that are effectively treated with acupuncture. However Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of conditions including but certainly not limited to:
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
Chronic Bladder Infection
Complications in Pregnancy
Infertility in Men and Women
HIV and AIDS
Epstein Barr Virus
Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Colds and Flus
Acupuncture Also Treats
Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
Preventative medicine for the prevention of disease and to promote health, energy and vitality.