Acupuncture is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. TCM is based on the belief that a type of life force or vital energy, known as Qi, flows through channels in the body called meridians. Each meridian connects to one specific organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions.
The Qi depends on a balance of the two opposing energies of yin and yang. Illness results when too little or too much Qi exists in a meridian, or the Qi stagnates, or is blocked. Stimulating certain points with fine needles can balance and restore the flow of Qi.
Modern researchers have found that the acupuncture points correspond to the skin that has less electrical resistance than other skin areas. There is some evidence that stimulation of the skin can affect internal organs by means of nerve reflex pathways (autonomic nervous system).
One theory is that acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Another theory is that it stimulates the pituitary gland, which in turn stimulates the adrenal gland to release anti-inflammatory chemicals.
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Acupuncture has been proven effective for pain relief and for post-surgery and chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize that acupuncture can be a helpful part of treatment plan for many illnesses and conditions such as:
- General Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Stroke Rehab
- Neurogenic Bladder
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