Providing pain relief and Traditional Chinese Medicine


What is Acupuncture?

Over five thousand years ago, the Chinese discovered the complex relationship between stimulating a point on the skin to influence a particular organ or organ pathway. Acupuncture uses thin sterile disposable needles that are inserted into acupuncture points to cause an effect in the body. In Acupuncture, the practitioner treats not just the symptoms but the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

How was Acupuncture discovered?

The Chinese discovered the circulatory system more than 2000 years before William Harvey did in the West in 1628. The ancient Chinese had a very advanced scientific understanding of the body and how it works, but they defined it in terms and symbols not known to those in the western world.

The acupuncture theory of the ancient Chinese takes into account their deep understanding of the lymphatic, circulatory, vascular, and nervous systems. They were able to influence all of these systems through their selection of acupuncture points on the 14 major pathways.

What is the effect of needling?

Acupuncture has two main theories describing how and why acupuncture works and with the current advancements in science in the fields of biophysics, biochemistry, and physiology we are now able to understand the complex mechanisms of acupuncture.

Neural Theory: Insertion of needles stimulates the nervous system releasing chemicals to either alleviate pain or affect the body’s internal regulating systems. It stimulates nerve fibers to carry electrical impulses back to the brain increasing beta endorphin concentrations.

Electrical Theory: Research has shown that there is a higher electrical magnetic field around the acupuncture points than in the surrounding skin.

Acupuncture on a man's back

Current Research

Research has found that needle insertion activates pain fibers in the skin. These pain fibers trigger a cascade of chemical messengers, while sending signals to the spinal cord which relays information to the brain stem. Acupuncture can be seen as a bridge that is able to affect and integrate different systems of the body, such as the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, muscular and digestive. Because of these broad effects, needling can create profound changes in the body.

Effects of needling:

  • Pain reduction via inhibition of nociceptive fibers
  • Activation of blood coagulation and immune complement systems
  • Enhances blood circulation
  • Restores visceral homeostasis
  • Normalization of vascular tone
  • Reduces contraction and spasm of the muscles
  • Promotes tissue healing (immune response)
  • Normalization of endocrine function (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, LH, FSH Adrenal, Ovary, Thyroid)
  • Normalization of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline)
  • Normalization of sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight)
  • Normalization of parasympathetic nervous system

Acupuncture needles on the back of a beautiful woman

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