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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that has been in practice for thousands of years. Very fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific anatomic sites that are called acupuncture points. These points are on meridians located all over the body that serve various functions. The basic tenet of Chinese medicine is the concept of yin and yang. The relationship of these two forces affect one’s health, including physical, emotional, and psychological states. Acupuncture guides the qi of the body towards improved function. This allows one’s body to promote healing, correct imbalances, and move towards homeostasis. In Western medical theory, acupuncture works by affecting the nervous system. These acupuncture points stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relieving chemicals.  Neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones are released to regulate blood flow and pressure, reduce inflammation, and calm the brain, making one feel more relaxed. The gate control theory posits that pain messages sent to the brain can be interrupted. The exact mechanisms of acupuncture are unknown, but the effects are measurable, safe, and successful. Acupuncture is most recognized for its efficacy on pain relief as it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. In practice, acupuncture is used for so much more.

Please feel free to send a message if you have any questions regarding acupuncture. Sessions are by appointment only on Tuesdays.