Acupuncture uses very thin sterile single-use needles to access the body’s own energy at acupuncture points, these are specific areas along the meridians where blood and energy have a tendency to gather. The use of fine needles or pressure at these sites can strengthen the body, remove obstructions in the channels, and reestablish a regular flow of energy through the meridians. Needling acupuncture points increases circulation and stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that influence the body’s internal regulating system. The result is improved energy and biochemical balance that stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional wellbeing.
In the West, acupuncture is most commonly associated with the treatment of pain, allergies, addictions, and infertility. However, the World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including:
Digestive disorders: gastritis and acid reflux, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea.
Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent chest infections.
Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
Reproductive, menstrual, and urinary imbalances.
Emotional and Mental Imbalances: chronic stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
An acupuncture treatment may include adjunct therapies such as cupping, gua sha, and/or moxibustion.