Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain and promote healing. It is based on the belief that energy, known as Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows through pathways in the body called meridians, and that illness and pain occur when the flow of Qi is blocked. By inserting needles into specific points along the meridians, acupuncturists aim to restore the balance and flow of Qi, leading to improved health and wellness.
How does acupuncture helps patients?
Acupuncture is believed to help patients by promoting the body’s natural healing processes. It is thought to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, and to increase blood flow, reducing inflammation and promoting tissue healing. It may also regulate the nervous system and improve the functioning of the immune system. Additionally, many people find that acupuncture provides a sense of relaxation and improved overall well-being.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and nausea
- Respiratory conditions, such as asthma and sinusitis
- Mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia
- Women’s health issues, such as infertility, menopause symptoms, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Neurological conditions, such as stroke rehabilitation and Bell’s palsy
- Addiction and substance abuse
- Skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis