Acupuncture works to maintain health and balance in the body’s systems, restore function and promote healing. It is a safe, effective and painless way to treat a wide variety of health conditions and concerns in a non-pharmaceutical manner with few to no side effects when practiced properly.
Acupuncture is one of the main branches of Chinese medicine. It facilitates the healing of physical, emotional, and mental disease. Acupuncture is performed by inserting hair-thin needles into acupuncture points that may be located on the arms, legs, head, or even in the ear.
Increased blood flow = Increased health
Acupuncture alleviates pain, decreases stress and improves vitality. Acupuncture treatments balance the nervous system and increase blood circulation making the environment for healing optimal. When thin, hair-like needles are inserted into the body a nerve sends a signal to the brain increasing the amount of blood flow at the point of insertion. Blood flow will also increase in the organs, glands and tissues that are connected to the acupuncture point via blood vessels.
Acupuncture needles are vasodilators. When a needle is placed into the body the immediate physiological reaction is vasodilation. This means the blood vessels begin to widen and more blood flows, both at the site of the needle and the areas of the body being treated. This could be an area of muscles or a joint where there might be pain as well as an internal organ or gland. Somewhere in the body there is a reduction in function. Acupuncture increases blood flow so the function increases back to the level where the body can heal itself.