Find Your New Balance
Acupuncture is a painless and sterile method of stimulating the healing response of the body. Needles used in acupuncture are hair thin, individually packed and sterilized. While acupuncture is very commonly and effective used for pain management, there are many other conditions that can be effectively treated using this modality of Chinese medicine.
Physiological Effects of Acupuncture
When a needle is inserted into the skin it stimulates the peripheral nervous system which causes a vasomotor response so that blood circulates locally to the needle site and other referred areas. Blood flow is essential for the healing process as it brings oxygen, nutritional, hormonal, painkilling and immunological components to the affected area. By utilizing this response we can target tissues and areas in need of increased blood flow and oxygenation.
Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, noradrenaline and serotonin are released. Some of these hormones are more potent than morphine and may be the reason for the euphoria often experienced after an acupuncture treatment
Needle insertion creates a micro trauma in the surrounding tissue initiating an inflammatory process. This triggers the body to heal itself. Fresh blood and nutrients flood the site along with a substance called prostaglandin which regulates inflammation and mobilizes platelets for healing. This effect may also heal any surrounding tissue damage left over from past injuries.
Acupuncture for Stress Management
Some research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone which activates the parasympathetic nervous system sometimes called the “feed and breed” nervous system. Turning on this system reduces the “fight or flight” parasympathetic response so commonly experienced as stress in daily life.
Roots in Eastern, Traditional Chinese Medicine
From Traditional Chinese medicine point of view acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that energy flow will re-balance.
Points are distributed along these meridians (pathways) and are very carefully chosen by qualified practitioner.