Acupuncture, a treatment that originated 3,000 years ago in Chinese medicine, uses the insertion of precision-sized needles through a patient’s skin at specific points on the body to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions.
This ancient treatment continues to be an effective method and has become popular in the management of overall wellness and stress. A trained and licensed practitioner of acupuncture activates solid, metallic needles with gentle and specific movements by hand or with electrical stimulation resulting in minimal pain to most patients.
What Is Acupuncture?
For centuries, acupuncture has been a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force (chi or qi) believed to course through the pathways (meridians) in the human body. Today, practitioners treat patients through acupuncture points to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue that stimulate natural painkillers.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture needles are placed strategically at various depths and points on the body to stimulate the central nervous system and release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This creates biochemical changes that may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
As with any treatment, individual results from acupuncture vary. For some, a feeling of relaxation occurs, while others may feel more energized. More often, those who have completed treatment find it a beneficial way to manage their pain. Patients are encouraged to seek advice from a physician to determine if acupuncture can be an effective treatment for their specific condition.
What Acupuncture Can Help With
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain
- Labor pain
- Low back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Myofascial pain
- Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
- Neck pain
- Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
- Tennis elbow