Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing, improve function and reduce pain. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
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 stimulating the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, energy production activities, and in the circulation of energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation 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 regulatory system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Conditions That Benefit From Acupuncture
- Nerve pain
- Back pain
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed differ from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.
Because your doctor uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.