Holistic & Natural Approach to Health
Acupuncture is an ancient holistic health discipline, practiced for thousands of years in Asia and other parts of the world, in which highly trained practitioners insert needles in specific points on the body to stimulate your natural ability to heal.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of diseases, pain and stress-related symptoms, including:
One major hypothesis is that acupuncture works through neurohormonal pathways. Basically, the needles are placed at specific points in the body and stimulate the nerve. The nerve then sends signals to the brain, which in turn releases neural hormones such as beta-Endorphins.
In Asian methodology, disease, pain, and abnormalities in the body is caused by disruptions to the flow of life energy or qi. Acupuncture stimulates points on the body, releasing this qi which then travels through channels called meridians, promoting balance to your life energy.
While Western medicine targets specific areas, often resorting to chemical disruptions via pills, the Asian philosophy behind acupuncture is to treat the body as a whole and promote overall balance. One area of your body is intimately tied to other areas that would not seem related, for instance, to treat pain in your neck, needles are inserted in acupuncture points located on your feet, ear, and back.
Although needles are used, surprisingly, the treatment is relatively pain-free. Most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain throughout the body, without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects.
According to the National Institute of Health, acupuncture is “generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles.” Further, the FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices and requires that the needles be “sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.”