About Acupuncture

Historically, acupuncture points were believed to be holes that allow entry into channels. These holes provide us gateway to influence, redirect, increase or decrease the body’s vital substance known as chi, thus correcting many of the imbalances. The insertion of needles have a physical and chemical effect on these “trigger points” or “acupoints”. Trigger points are sensitive spots often, often where nerves leave or enter muscles or tissues. Inserting a needle at these points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either stop the discomfort, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities to promote physical and emotional well being.

The Ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi in all living creatures. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disaster or an electrical grid short circuiting causing blackouts. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles, (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus) on the body’s surface in order to influence physiological functioning of the body. Acupuncture works to reprogram, and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Chi energy.

Effects of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the immune system and affect circulation, blood pressure, secretion of the gastric acid and production of red and white cells. It also stimulates the release of a variety of hormones that help the body respond to stress and injury.

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