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Acupuncture Basics

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. They have been mapped out by the Chinese over a period of over 2000 years.

Qi - The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is?called "Qi" (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

How does Acupuncture work?

Eastern Explanation - The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

Western Explanation - In western view, acupuncture works by stimulating the central nerve system ( the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals relieve pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.

Inserting needles at acu-points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. and infertility.The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.

Acupuncture Advantages
Targeted: At our clinic, acupuncture treatment is customized to your particular condition. It will address your specific psychological and physical symptoms.
Holistic: You will notice the benefits not only specific to your condition, but also general health benefits; such as improved immunity, better sleep, better concentration and improved memory.
No side effects: Acupuncture activates your organism's own potential to achieve its curative effect. As a result it does not produce adverse effects you are likely to experience when on antidepressants. 
Not addictive: Acupuncture will cause not the smallest sign of addiction. Furthermore, research has shown acupuncture to treat opiate and other addictive substance dependence. If you are on an addictive medication now, it will be easier to quit with the help of this time tested powerful therapy.

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