What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are often as fine as a human hair) into the body at specific points to relieve pain or treat a disease. Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Stimulation of these points has been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.
The insertion of needles into specific points can alter biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
How does acupuncture work?
Research suggests that the needling process, and other modalities used in acupuncture, may produce their complex effects in a wide variety of ways in the brain and the body. For example, stimulated nerve fibers are believed to transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain, thus activating parts of the central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release certain hormones responsible for making us feel better overall and, more specifically, feel less pain.
Acupuncture may regulate blood circulation and body temperature. It may also affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar levels. In general, acupuncture appears to transmit its effects via electric, neurologic, hormonal, lymphatic, and electromagnetic wave pathways.
What can acupuncture treat?
The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy. The benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions including:
digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome).
pain syndromes due to an injury or associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma
many gynecologic disorders and infertility.
reducing fatigue and addictions, and for promoting overall well-being.