Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body with very fine disposable needles to encourage the body to promote natural healing, improve function and restore health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that pain and illness result from imbalances within the body. By needling specific acupuncture points imbalances can be corrected and internal organs influenced. Acupuncture helps balance the movement of energy to restore health and prevent illness.
Although Western medicine has yet to fully explain how acupuncture works, they believe that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals change the experience of pain, trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the internal regulating system of the body.
Acupuncture comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this ancient medicine, it is understood that there are 14 energy channels (meridians) in the body which connect all body parts into an organic whole. These connections ensure the proper coordination and unification of various functions of the body. Each one of the channels has a number of openings to the surface of the body, called “acupoints”. By stimulating specific acupoints with acupuncture, one can effectively increase the flow of Qi (vital energy), promote circulation, remove stagnation, increase the speed of the healing process and restore the harmony of the body.
Acupuncture has been studied for years and has been proven to be extremely effective in alleviating many different types of pain. Some medical studies have shown that acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins (hormones) from the pituitary gland (in the brain), which helps with pain relief. Acupuncture has been proven to be very effective in the treatment of back pain, frozen shoulder, migraines, headaches, tennis elbow (tendonitis), carpal tunnel, jaw pain, menstrual pain and fibromyalgia.