Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points to activate the body’s healing response and optimize the flow of energy.
The modern scientific explanation for acupuncture is that it stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals that reduce pain, balance hormones and influence the body’s biochemical and metabolic processes.
Acupuncture provides therapeutic benefits in the treatment of a variety of conditions including:
- Digestive health concerns
- Fertility and conception
- Menstrual concerns and menopause
- Pain management, arthritis and injury recovery
- Headaches and migraines
- Stress reduction and mental health
- Respiratory concerns (Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Smoking cessation)
- Weight and metabolism
- Chronic fatigue
- Facial: removing fine lines, tightening the skin, anti-aging
Acupuncture can affect the production and circulation of neurotransmitters and inflammatory mediators. It may also alter the pain signals traveling through the spinal cord.
This treatment has been used as a way to treat pain for centuries. It may also alter the signals traveling through your spinal cord, release endorphins (the ‘feel good’ chemicals in our brain) and redirect blood flow throughout your body- all without drugs or surgery!
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, disease is viewed as a disorder or imbalance of energy (Qi) in the body. Health, on the other hand, is the harmonious equilibrium between the complementary principles of yin and yang, and the balanced integration of the organ systems (liver, stomach and spleen, kidneys, heart, lungs and the large intestine). This energy or Qi flows through pathways called meridians that connect different organs and systems.
Stimulating specific points along these channels can improve the flow of energy and assist in removing excesses, deficiencies or blockages to restore balance and overall health.