Acupuncture can help with:
“Acupuncture therapy can…evoke the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.”
- UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and other included modalities) is a holistic form of healthcare which identifies patterns of energetic disharmony in the body and provides strategies to correct those disharmonies. This is done through various techniques such as acupuncture needles, tuina massage, cupping, gua sha, herbal formulas, as well as nutrition and lifestyle modifications. Traditional Chinese Medicine has the ability to view an issue through both a wide and narrow lens simultaneously. In doing this the practitioner can help to sort through many layers of an illness and assist in true healing. By treating each person based upon their specific diagnosis we are able to help augment the body’s resiliency to stressors and environmental factors that cause illness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is perhaps one of the oldest forms of therapy around (about 2,000 years old). It has stood the test of time and continues to demonstrate effectiveness today. Study after study has shown it to be effective for a wide range of health conditions. Because it amplifies your body’s natural healing mechanisms, it can help in virtually any situation.
Acupuncture is proven to be one of the safest therapies on earth, used by millions of people in the world, on a daily basis.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is not mystical or magical — it’s a very practical, simple way to balance the body. Often, I am asked how acupuncture works. There are many theories out there, many of them are probably partially right. Research is being done to find a definitive answer to this question and although I think that the answer is more complex than point A to point B, there are several things that we DO know about how acupuncture affects the body physiologically.
Boost your Immunity!
Acupuncture raises the body's levels of prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globulins and antibody levels. This helps to keep the body resilient to pathogens and viruses by boosting the body's own immune fighters.
Promotes Tissue Healing and Supports our Organs
When you use acupuncture to stimulate your body’s healing process, it helps your body work most efficiently to repair and restore damaged cells and tissues. This healing function is beneficial from things as simple as a sprained ankle or strained shoulder to recovery after a motor vehicle accident or head injury.
When we use acupuncture to bring more blood flow to the tissues and organs that need the most support, those organs naturally work better. This means key organs like the thyroid, liver, adrenals, ovaries, and others are able to function at their highest and best level.
Acupuncture increases the secretion of endorphins. Endorphins are our feel good hormones and this response causes a feeling of well being. Endorphins are very strong natural pain relievers.
Balances the Neuro-Endocrine Axis and Neurotransmitters
When your nervous system is calm (think Rest and Digest), your hormonal system, immune system, digestive, and circulatory systems are all able to function at well regulated levels. This means more hormonal balance, less inflammation, better circulation and increased nutrient absorption.
Acupuncture has been shown to regulate serotonin, noradrenalin and dopamine levels. Some of the benefits include, improved rest, increased energy, reduction of cravings and addictions and improved mood.
Aids circulation by constricting or dilating blood vessels.
Increased circulation can help the body to naturally heal injury to the muscles, joints and tendons. It brings blood cells with all their wonderful nutrients to the problem areas and help speed along healing.
Scar tissue and old adhesions in the soft tissue can affect blood flow to the area. Acupuncture increases the micro circulation of fresh blood and cells bringing relief to acute and chronic areas of trauma and inflammation.
Since acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing ability, many conditions as well as limitations in function can be corrected or improved.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of preventive health care, acute care as well as health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is well documented and extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management or as an analgesic. Many people are glad they have chosen acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. We look to offer our patients a means of relief that will not only benefit their symptoms but will also build the body's own ability to fight disease.