What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing, to improve functioning, and relieve pain. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years.
How does Acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular, healthy flow through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation of Acupuncture’s effectiveness is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is often associated with pain control, but in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications.
Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medial treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems
Acupuncture is especially useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.