What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the anchor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete medical system that has evolved over thousands of years to promote whole health and treat/prevent disease. Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body that activate the body’s Qi (pronounced "Chi") to stimulate innate healing mechanisms.
How Will Acupuncture Help Me?
TCM can assist in treating nearly anything you would go to your primary care physician for: chronic pain, inflammation, allergies, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, mental/emotional imbalances, and more! Visit our FAQ to see a table of conditions we commonly treat or reach out to us for a consultation.
A Bit More About Acupuncture...
Qi can be difficult to define in Western terms, but you can think of it as a persons collective biological and mental/emotional processes. Qi flows through the body in pathways called Meridians. Each of the 12 meridians are named for the organ that they influence and pass through.
Acupuncture points are located on meridians and, when stimulated, elicit specific actions to influence Qi. When Qi is abundant and free-flowing, we are balanced and healthy. However, various issues can upset that imbalance and cause blockages and deficiencies.
Acupuncture works by identifying where and how Qi is imbalanced and then works to reverse that imbalance to restore health and balance.
Acupuncture in BioMedical Terms:
Acupuncture Points are located in areas of high neurovascular concentration and areas where nerves & vasculature penetrate connective tissue.
Needle insertion causes an immediate reaction in surrounding sensory neurons in the form of vasodilation, neural activation, and overall sensitization. These reactions eventually reach the Central Nervous System (CNS).
Once the stimulation reaches the CNS, it signals the brain to trigger homeostatic mechanisms (mechanisms to keep you balanced & functioning).
Observable Effects of Acupuncture
Acupuncture stimulates endogenous opioids like endorphins & enkephalins.
Acupuncture increases circulation & tissue perfusion.
Acupuncture supports tissue healing & remodeling.
Acupuncture reduces chronic inflammation & can help break down excess scar tissue.
Acupuncture improves digestion and metabolism by enhancing gut motility, nutrient absorption, and waste elimination.
Acupuncture can influence the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems by stimulating the central nervous system in specific ways.
Acupuncture supports mental & emotional health by modulating the stress response, which improves stress resiliency, mood, sleep quality, and energy.