Acupuncture is a therapy that encourages the body’s natural ability to heal itself and improve functioning by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture points along the body.
Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,000 years ago but wasn’t introduced into the United States until 1972. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of healthcare.
In Chinese medicine Qi is the vital energy in all living things that give us the ability to carry out everyday activities. These channels of energy have specific pathways throughout the body, called meridians. Stagnant, blocked or unbalanced energy along the meridian pathways can causes illness and pain. The meridians and energy can be influenced by needling “specific” acupuncture points to balance the body’s Qi and restore health and wellbeing.
Research has been conducted over the last few decades to explain how acupuncture works by the way of Western Medicine. Clinical data supports that Acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses that can lead to activation of pathways in the central nervous system, and brain. Basically, endorphins or other neuropeptides are released, which not only boosts our immune and regulate body function but has a direct relationship on our perception of pain.