Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine comprise an entire medical system that supports the body’s innate ability to heal. Dating back more than 3,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medical theory is based on a philosophy of balance. Acupuncture brings the body back into balance, or homeostasis, by stimulating endorphins and neurons at acupuncture points along meridian lines of the body. Meridians are pathways of energy in the body closely linked to the peripheral nervous system.
When these meridians or channels are stimulated with needles, herbs, and other tools, the body responds by releasing opioids, serotonin, antibodies, and anti-inflammatory cytokines to start the internal healing process. Acupuncture’s activation of the endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous systems is why it is beneficial in the improvement of sleep, digestion, acute or chronic pain, mental health and more. Creating a space for total body relaxation and homeostasis is acupunctures best antidote for the stress holding us back from optimal wellness.
WHAT’S THE RESEARCH SAY?
There is a considerable – and growing – body of research, national and international, focused on the efficacy of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Research from both the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization has found supporting evidence for the use of acupuncture in the prevention and treatment of digestive issues, addiction, neurological damage, pain, pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. Based upon my own clinical experience, I have found acupuncture most effective in the treatment of fertility, digestion, menopause, pregnancy support, stress reduction, acute colds, mood disorders, hypertension, insomnia, headaches, as well as, jaw, low back, and knee pain. It’s important to remember that this is an entire medical system looking at the whole person and responding with individualized treatments from a large toolbox of treatment modalities.