New to Acupuncture? This is What it is…
Acupuncture was born of Chinese medicine and is one of the longest standing medicines today — with over centuries of crafting and innovating the medicine to make it highly effective and safe.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting slim, sterile needles into distinct acupuncture points.
These points follow a meridian that belongs to certain channels that correspond to literal and figurative organs of the body to help clear and free the chi (qi), or energy. When the needle penetrates the skin the chi that is blocked and causes disharmony, is freed and able to then treat pain and other health concerns.
So, we’re unblocking the energy, but how does acupuncture work?
From a more clinical acupuncture viewpoint when the needle in inserted to the specific acupuncture point, it manipulates the area just beyond, and central part of the dermis, where the nerves lie. Here there are large concentrations of nerve endings that are excitable and stimulated by the acupuncture needle. As a sensory receptor and nerve is triggered, this relays a message to the central nervous system (CNS). Because the CNS is responsible for a whole host of biological processes, acupuncture can help coordinate and govern distinct feedback loops and encourage healing.
What does acupuncture address?
Acupuncture treats many different kinds of health concerns and promotes healing in the following ways:
- Immune support
- Tissue regeneration
- A balanced inflammation response
- Reduced inflammation
- Blood flow and circulation support
- Nerve support
- Promotes endorphin release (the body’s natural pain killers)
- Balance neurotransmitters
Acupuncture returns the body to its natural state of balance and harmony.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been practiced for many centuries, and every year, millions of Americans use it as a treatment modality. What many people don’t know is the extensive training and education acupuncturists have. Our training and education are four years of education with as much time spent in clinics and internships as doctors! We have a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy and physiology, as well as training in pharmacology and Chinese herbs.
In acupuncture, it is required for every practitioner to use pre-packaged, disposable, single-use, sterile needles, which ensures our patients safety.