Acupuncture is the most common procedure practiced within traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a means of adjusting the body’s life energy by inserting fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points. These needles are then manipulated to stimulate the flow of energy and remove blockages.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture increases blood flow to speed healing, and stimulates hormonal changes such as increasing the body’s natural pain modulators (endorphins).
The basic philosophy in Chinese medicine is where there is flow there is no pain, where there is pain there is no flow. Acupuncture assists in the free flow of energy and helps to keep the body in balance.
What Conditions May Benefit From Acupuncture?
Studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following:
- Digestion conditions such as gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids
- Emotional conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness and neurosis
- Gynecologic conditions such as menstrual pain and infertility
- Nausea and vomiting
- Parkinson's disease