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Are you struggling with chronic pain?

  • April 25, 2024
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What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. These points are typically located along channels known as meridians, which are believed to be pathways through which the body’s vital energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows.


The goal of acupuncture is to stimulate these points to promote the flow of Qi and restore balance within the body. According to TCM, imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi can lead to illness or discomfort, including pain. By inserting needles into specific acupuncture points, practitioners aim to restore balance and alleviate symptoms.


Acupuncture needles are typically very thin, solid, and flexible. They are inserted into the skin at varying depths, depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual’s unique constitution. The needles are usually left in place for a short period, typically ranging from a few minutes to around half an hour, while the individual lies comfortably on a treatment table.


Acupuncture is used to address a wide range of health conditions, including but not limited to pain (both acute and chronic), stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders, respiratory issues, and hormonal imbalances. It is often used as part of a holistic approach to healthcare, alongside other therapies such as herbal medicine, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.


How can acupuncture help relieve chronic pain?


Stimulation of Endorphin Release 


Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body. These endorphins can help reduce pain perception and promote a sense of well-being.


Activation of the Central Nervous System 


Acupuncture may activate certain areas of the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, which can modulate pain signals and improve pain management.


Regulation of Neurotransmitters 


Acupuncture has been shown to influence the levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play a role in pain perception, mood regulation, and overall well-being.


Anti-inflammatory Effects


Some studies suggest that acupuncture may have anti-inflammatory effects by reducing levels of pro-inflammatory markers in the body. Chronic pain is often associated with inflammation, so reducing inflammation can help alleviate pain.


Improvement of Blood Circulation


Acupuncture may help improve blood circulation to the affected areas, promoting healing and reducing pain associated with poor circulation.


Balancing of Qi


According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture helps balance the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, along the body’s meridians. It is believed that disruptions or imbalances in the flow of Qi can contribute to pain and illness, and acupuncture aims to restore balance and promote health.

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