Acupuncture stimulates peripheral nerves in the skin, which relay messages to the brain, creating a cascade of physiological effects such as the blocking of pain receptors (the gate control theory of pain) and the increased release of neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphins, met-enkephalin and seratonin, all of which are effective in blocking pain. Recently, researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey used functional MRI to prove that acupuncture lowered pain perception in a study of volunteers. Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and uses the careful insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points of the body that control the flow of “Qi” energy. Relatively painless, the experience often results in sensations of heaviness, tingling, or warmth in the area of insertion as the flow of Qi increases. Increased balance in Qi flow throughout the body can help relieve symptoms including pain, reproductive and aging challenges, mind-body imbalances and immune system disorders.
What does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture helps encourage a natural healing response from the body as such acupuncture has been proven to be effective in treating stress, muscle tension, chronic pain, headaches, and menstrual irregularities. Acupuncture can treat more complicated issues like digestive disorders, infertility, and skin problems .