Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting fine, sterile and disposable needles into 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 likened to rivers flowing through the body to provide energy and nourishment. An obstruction in the movement of these meridians is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions in the meridian, and reestablish the regular flow of this energy called Qi (“chee”). Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling 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.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million American adults have used acupuncture, up more than 6 million from the year before. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, non-surgical, and non-pharmaceutical therapy for the management of pain; and its anti-nociceptive mechanisms are well-established. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture can be a great adjunctive therapy for many other common health problems. According to study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, most physicians recognize the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and they refer patients to acupuncturists more than to any other complementary health care provider.
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