The History of Acupuncture And How It Works

For over 5000 years, people in the Orient have relied upon Traditional Oriental Medicine as their primary healing system. In recent years, this time-honored healing art has gained wide acceptance all over the world as a powerful complement to conventional modern medicine. Acupuncture in particular has become a popular choice for millions of Americans seeking a safe, holistic, and natural alternative to conventional drug therapy and surgery.

In recent years the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and other national and international health and medical bodies have come to integrate and promote Acupuncture as a safe, effective and low-cost method of treatment for a wide variety of disorders. Acupuncture is safe because the needles are single-use and sterilized, and because it is performed by licensed, well-trained specialists. It is holisticbecause it is based upon the understanding of the body as a connected web, both physical and mental. And it is natural because it stimulates the body’s own response to imbalance and disease. Acupuncture is relaxing and enjoyable; most of our patients find their treatments very pleasant and energizing.

How does Acupuncture Work?
There is vital life energy that courses through our body. The ancient Chinese called it “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). Qi can be stimulated on the surface of the body by dozens of channels or meridians that connect hundreds of acupuncture points. These points have specific and powerful effects on many organs and functions of the body, including the mind and spirit.

By the gentle insertion of ultra-fine, sterilized needles, a skilled acupuncturist can direct the flow of qi to strengthen the body’s hormones, organs, blood and nerves, bringing balance and healing. Modern research has confirmed that Acupuncture has a strong effect on stimulating endorphins, serotonin, cortisol, ACTH, and other powerful chemicals that our body naturally produces in order to heal disease and maintain a healthy state. Acupuncture is usually painless and can stimulate profound feelings of relaxation and well-being. Occasionally you may experience a slight prick or sore sensation. Any discomfort is usually very temporary and your practitioner can adjust the treatment to match your tolerance level.

There are several well-known styles or techniques of Acupuncture. This is because Acupuncture is very ancient and developed in China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries before becoming popular in Europe and the United States. The styles of Acupuncture most often utilized in our practice are Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Five Element Acupuncture, Korean Acupuncture, Ear Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture. Electro-Acupuncture, and Magnetic Acupuncture. We also utilize moxabustion (infra-red heat therapy), and “gwa sha,” a traditional Chinese massage treatment, as adjuncts to Acupuncture.

Acupuncture Relieves Pain
Acupuncture is perhaps best known as a natural and powerful treatment for acute and chronic pain. Contemporary medical research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the natural release of endorphins and other neuro-transmitters, hormones, and enzymes that can powerfully and naturally reduce inflammation and irritation and promote healing. People with conditions ranging from headaches to sciatica to arthritis usually respond very favorably to acupuncture. Many patients seek out acupuncture in order to avoid the harmful side effects of many pain-killing medications and the obvious dangers of surgery. Most of our patients who come to us for relief of pain tell us that we are their “last resort” as conventional medicine has nothing left to offer them. We are tremendously gratified that we can help a vast majority of these people.