How does Acupuncture Work? The Eastern explanation is that the energy flowing through the body termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating points on the body. Traditional Oriental Medicine treats illness that arises when the flow of Qi in the meridians becomes blocked or imbalanced. The Western explanation theorizes that the stimulation of acupuncture points have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. Acupuncture points are areas of electrical sensitivity. Needle insertion at these points stimulates sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerve transmission to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. These glands release neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. This, in part, is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis as well as PMS and infertility. The substances released by acupuncture relax the body and regulate serotonin in the brain which is why depression may be treated. Some of the physiological effects throughout the body as a result of acupuncture include increased oxygenated blood circulation, decreased inflammation, pain relief, relief from muscle spasm and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.
Does Acupuncture Hurt? Acupuncture needles are 50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle, about the diameter of a hair. There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. Some people feel nothing at all; others feel a slight twinge at insertion. There can be sensations of warmth, tingling, heaviness or mild achiness during a treatment even at a site where there is no needle…because we are influencing the meridian or pathway. The needles are left in place about 30 minutes. Most people find the experience profoundly relaxing and may even sleep during the treatment.
What Can Acupuncture Treat? Traditional Oriental Medicine is a complete medical system capable of diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions. A normal course of treatment can be 8 – 10 visits or more and also depends on the complexity and how long the condition has been present. The World Health Organization and The National Institute of Health recognize acupuncture to be effective treatment in a wide variety of conditions. Listed are a few:
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders: Sinusitis, allergies, earache, tinnitus, dizziness, rhinitis, sore throat, tooth pain, dental pain, eye problems
Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure, anemia, high cholesterol
Gastrointestinal Disorders: IBS, Colitis, spastic colon, diarrhea, constipation, food allergies, ulcers, gastritis, abdominal bloating, hemorrhoids, dysentery, indigestion, nausea, vomiting
Gynecological/Genitourinary Disorders: PMS, Painful, heavy or irregular menstruation, Infertility & Reproductive problems, endometriosis, menopause, morning sickness, urinary tract infection, chronic bladder infection, kidney stones
Immune Disorders: Candida, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, MS, Lupus, hepatitis
Addictions: Smoking cessation, alcohol, drugs, food
Emotional/Psychological Disorders: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, emotional problems, SAD, sleep disturbances
Musculoskeletal/Neurological Disorders: Arthritis, carpal tunnel, Bell’s palsy, headache, migraine, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, joint pain, tendonitis, bursitis, trigeminal neuralgia, stroke, sprains, spasms
Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, colds and flu
Acupuncture also treats: Chemotherapy/Radiation side effects, Diabetes
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