Acupuncture is a complete and comprehensive practice that entails a strategic method of inserting needles in the body to restore bodily function and energy flow. When the needles are stimulated, the body’s “qi” is released . The qi then travels through the meridians to restore the energy flow and balance. In western terms, acupuncture works through neuro-hormonal pathways. When the needles are inserted under the skin, the nerve is stimulated and sends a signal to the brain. This action causes the brain to release neural hormones, necessary anti-inflammatory proteins, endorphins and blood flow to where it’s necessary, hence shifting the body into a healing mode. This type of Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for over 3,000 years to alleviate pain and treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report in 2003 that the use of Acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat the following:
Even though acupuncture, acupressure and cupping have been a core component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 3,000 years, they are still a relatively new practice in the United States. All three treatments quickly gained popularity across America and Europe when President Nixon visited China in 1972 and received treatment. Acupuncture specializes its focuses on the body’s acupoints – points on the surface of the skin that are thought to be directly linked to the body’s organs. A small hair-thin needle is inserted at these points to create a “flight or fight” response that triggers the body’s immune system. The body sends white blood cells to the insertion sites, initiating the healing process. After treatment, the body feels rested, relaxed and has returned to a state of energy balance. Acupressure is a popular alternative to acupuncture and can be performed by an Acupuncturist. Instead of using needles, the body’s acupoints are triggered using firm pressure. Although acupuncture is thought to provide a stronger stimulation for the body’s healing abilities, acupressure is still a highly effective pain relief treatment. The session starts with a discussion of your symptoms and review of your health history. When treatment begins, you will lay on a treatment table. Your Acupuncturist will insert thin sterile needles into certain acupoints and leave them in place for 30-45 minutes. Acupressure treatment involves asserting firm pressure to the acupoints instead of needles which also takes 30-45 minutes. Cupping is the use of numerous sterile suction cups placed on the skin to create vigorous blood flow to a particular area. It is highly effective in giving pain relief to sore/stressed muscles and may be performed combined with acupuncture or as a treatment by itself.
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How frequently are acupuncture or acupressure treatments necessary?