What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture promotes health and wellness by achieving a harmonious balance among the organ systems in the body. Acupuncture enhances one’s own healing ability through meridians in the body. These meridians (or channels) have energy called qi (‘chi’) that, when tapped into, stimulate the body’s immune system, thereby creating balance (and preventing imbalance) in the body.
Treatments typically reduce stress, anxiety and depression, improve circulation, digestion and sleep cycles, as well as increase energy and alertness.
Imbalances cause symptoms, such as pain or poor immune system, resulting in disease, as well as physical, psychological and emotional ailments.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Research indicates that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system by activating natural neurotransmitters, opioids, and endorphins, which are particularly effective in pain control; serotonin levels in the brain are also affected, which helps regulate mood and emotions. Acupuncture restores the flow of energy to its natural state in the body. As a result, most conditions can be corrected or improved. Stress, physical or emotional trauma, poor diet, lack of exercise, and over indulgences all affect the quality and balance of qi by causing blockages in the body resulting in pain, illness and other adverse signs and symptoms. When qi is blocked, the body and mind are deprived of proper nourishment and blood flow and is unable to function optimally.
Acupuncture is extremely effective as a part of your regular health maintenance and disease prevention program. One of the many advantages of acupuncture is that it is safe, effective, and free of the many side effects commonly seen in modern medicine.