is a complete medical system used to prevent disease, treat illness and improve well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems. Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, acupuncture has been embraced through the world due to it’s proven effectiveness.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Recently, science has determined that all human beings are complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years. The Chinese found that energy circulates throughout your body along well-defined pathways or meridians. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected resulting in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influences your health and wellness.
Scientific research in the United States, Europe, Japan and China has shown that acupuncture results in a release of the body’s natural pain-relieving substances – the endorphins. It also stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter and mood-elevator serotonin. Thus acupuncture is very helpful in treating pain and stress-related conditions, including anxiety and depression.
What is a Treatment Like?
The treatments are very relaxing. Many individuals are surprised at how comfortable they are during the treatment and how easily the needles are placed. The needles are extremely thin and specifically designed to be virtually painless. The pre-sterilized needles are left in for 20 – 30 minutes and are discarded after only one use. The lights are turned down low and soft music is provided to aid relaxation. Some people even fall asleep during treatment.
How Soon Will I See a Difference in My Condition?
Acupuncture is best thought of as a healing process, therefore each patient responds differently. Some acute problems will improve with just one or two treatments, while other problems of a chronic nature require a longer course of therapy. Only after individual evaluation can your acupuncturist give you a more specific answer.
Can Acupuncture Help You?
The following sections discuss how acupuncture addresses specific conditions. Take a moment to review this information and please feel free to Contact Us with any questions.