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About Acupuncture 
What is acupuncture?
“Acupuncture” is a term used to describe a system of health care involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that most people associate with acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use and disposable needles into very precise points in the body. This technique has the ability to reduce pain, restore healthy functioning, and promote health. Other methods can involve cupping (myofascial decompression), gua sha (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization), tui na (Chinese manual medicine), and moxibustion (a type of heat therapy applied over certain acupuncture points). There are also a number of other non-needle techniques used in acupuncture.
How does acupuncture work?
Modern medical science has found that acupuncture works in a number of different ways. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body, it is typically rotated, creating a coiling of connective tissue around the needle creating a mechanical coupling between the body and the needle. The tension placed on the connective tissue as a result of further movements of the needle delivers a stimulus that has multiple effects both locally and farther away from the acupuncture point.  For example, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, reduce inflammation, and/or trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s physiology. In fact, functional MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) studies have shown that certain acupuncture points have an effect on the brain in the same regions that affect the area being treated with acupuncture. Locally, acupuncture affects the blood flow dynamics and the flow of interstitial fluids. Some of these local effects of acupuncture even include changes on the cellular level. The improved energy and physiological balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What does acupuncture treat?
Although most who seek acupuncture do so for pain and/or musculoskeletal problems, acupuncture has a much wider scope of application. It is an entire system of therapy that can promote health and wellness, prevent illness, and it can also be a good therapy in the treatment of various medical conditions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:

  • Digestive disorders such as gastritis, gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation;
  • Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, asthma, allergies; 
  • Neurological and muscular disorders such as headaches and migraines, bell’s palsy, acute and chronic pain, neuropathies, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis; 
  • Urinary disorders such as interstitial cystitis; 
  • Women’s health issues such as menstrual pain and irregularities, PMS, endometriosis, peri-menopausal syndrome, infertility; 
  • Men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED), men’s reproductive issues;
  • Acupuncture is also useful for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and can even be helpful for managing stress.

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, non-surgical and drug free therapy that complements conventional care. In fact, a number of studies have shown that simply adding acupuncture to the current standard of care results in better outcomes. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has determined that “there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand it use into conventional medicine.” Acupuncture can be given at the same time as other techniques being used, such as conventional medicine, chiropractic adjustments, or osteopathic manipulations. According to study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, most physicians recognize the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and they refer patients to acupuncturists more than to any other complementary health care provider.

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