By settling your mind and body into a state of rest and relaxation, your own system is given the space to heal itself.
Acupuncture is a treatment method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complete medical system aimed at treating the underlying root causes of disharmony in the body. As a holistic therapy, treatments are individualized to benefit the patient as a whole to restore balance for both physical and emotional well-being.
Very thin, sterile, and single-use needles are gently inserted into specific points on the body along a series of channels (pathways) that interconnect all tissues and organs. Through these channels, Qi (energy) and blood flow to nourish the entire body.
From a TCM perspective, "when there is blockage, there is pain." Acupuncture stimulates smooth Qi and blood flow to provide relief from physical and emotional symptoms. It restores homeostasis by promoting circulation, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the endorphins that alleviate pain.
Acupuncture is beneficial for prevention of illness, health maintenance, and treatment of disease.
The World Health Organization has published a review on controlled clinical trials, finding acupuncture to be an effective treatment method for conditions including:
- Musculoskeletal conditions, acute and chronic pain, post-operative care
- Gynecological disorders, premenstrual syndrome, infertility
- Psychological and emotional conditions, stress and anxiety, addiction
- Digestive and urogenital disorders
- Respiratory disorders, allergies
- Neurological conditions, fatigue, insomnia
- Cardiovascular disorders
...And much more!
Learn more about the concepts, mechanism, and benefits of acupuncture here.