How does Acupuncture Work?

Though it seems mysterious, acupuncture has a scientific explanation and does not require a patient’s belief in order to work.

Your brain is signaled when the needle is positioned. The brain responds by increasing blood cell counts and various other immune system elements, and lastly, by activating neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters (or messenger molecules) are responsible for sending information to all cells in order for your body to function.

Endorphins and enkephalins are well known neurotransmitters that stop pain
and increase a feeling of well-being. Acupuncture causes the release of these natural, morphine-like substances from the brain. Athletes are familiar with this from “runner’s high”, so are chocolate eaters and people in love!

Aside from the well studied effect on pain, researchers are still exploring exactly how acupuncture aids the immune system. We know that certain blood counts and
immune enhancing chemicals stay elevated for at least 3 days following an acupuncture treatment.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

In 1988 the World Health Organization released a list of health conditions for which acupuncture is beneficial.

* Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders: Sinusitis, ear infection, laryngitis, ear ringing, swollen glands, tonsillitis, toothache, nerve deafness.
* Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies, ulcers, gastritis, abdominal bloating,
* Gynecological and Genitourinary: PMS, cramping, endometriosis, menopause, fibroids, infertility, chronic bladder infections, complication in pregnancy, kidney stones, impotence and sterility.
* Psychological Disorders: Anxiety, insomnia, depression, somatic complaints with abuse recovery & post-traumatic stress.
* Musculoskeletal & Neurological: Arthritis, bursitis, tennis elbow, Bell’s Palsy, numbness,
postoperative pain, drooping eyelid, headaches, fibromyalgia, all types of pain.
* Immune Disorders: Candida, chronic fatigue, HIV, ARC, Ebstein Barr Virus, allergies, lupus, MS.
* Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, bronchitis, colds and flus, pleurisy, chronic cough.
* Addiction: Smoking cessation, detoxification from alcohol, drugs, or sugar.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Unlike the needles used to give injections, the filaments used in treatments are extremely fine, only 2 times the width of a single hair. Acupuncture needles are designed to enter the skin with the least resistance.

Most clients are surprised to discover that treatments involve little or no pain, and are usually quite relaxing. You can expect to feel a light tingling, a feeling of heaviness, warmth, or numbness at the acupuncture site.

For your protection we use disposable needles. All are presterilized and individually packaged.

How Quickly Will I Respond?

Everyone is different! Acute problems like a sore throat can be resolved in a single session. With chronic problems, patients see significant results within 4-6 treatments. The total number of treatments depends upon

1. The severity of a person’s condition

2. How long the condition has existed

3. The overall state of health, energy and motivation of the client.