Acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.
Acupuncture is an ancient science and healing art technique that has existed for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is performed with needles inserting at the body sites called the acupuncture points. Acupuncture has been proven effectively and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH). These conditions include:
Musculoskeletal pain Headache and migraine
Seasonal allergies (hay fever, rhinitis) Depression, stress and anxiety
Insomnia or sleep disorders Asthma and acute bronchitis
Nausea and vomiting Common cold and flu
Toothache/ post-operative dental pain Side effects from chemotherapy
Neurological disorders (post stroke recovery) Facial paralysis
Gastrointestinal and digestive symptoms Fertility issues
Genitourinary systems Women's gynecological conditions
Men's health conditions Addiction (smoking and alcohol)
Skin conditions (acne, dermatitis) Support for post-operative procedures
Weight control Ear disorders (ringing in ear, Meniere's)
Acupuncture mainly works with the following results, whatever condition they may be:
It provides energy, strength and vitality to a recovering patient.
It works to boost the immune system.
It eliminates the need to take painkillers or it eliminates the actual pain.
Patients seem to recover faster as a result of continuous acupuncture sessions.
Acupuncture has been proven to improve the body’s circulation and in some cases, even reduce stress symptoms.
It may be administered alongside clinical treatments without causing dangerous side effects.
It can be a form of preventive medicine, as some may undergo acupuncture without any particular ailment, but nevertheless, reaps the benefits of it.
Acupuncture has many positive "side affects" like improved mood, energy, sleep and mental concentration.
How many treatments will you need?
Acupuncture treatment depends on the type, duration, and severity of your health issues.
To be effective, Acupuncture requires a series of closely-spaced consistent treatments. You cannot evaluate progress after only 1 or 2 treatments.
- Short term(acute) issues may require 2-3 treatments per week for 2-4 weeks.
- Long term (chronic) issues may require 2-3 treatments per week for 3-10 weeks before you see consistent progress.
- Severe symptoms or pain often requires 3 or 4 treatments in your first 2 weeks.