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What is Acupuncture? How does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine discovered more than 5,000 years ago. Acupuncture is based on the premise that the human body strives to be healthy. Health is disturbed by internal and environmental stressors and poor nutrition. Stimulation of acupuncture points specific to your condition work to clear blockages, release tight muscles and relieve nerve inflammation. The practice includes techniques of piercing the skin by inserting needles and point stimulation by the use of acupressure, electrical, mechanical, thermal or traditional therapeutic means.

There are many ways to explain how acupuncture works. One of the simplest explanations is that it increases serotonin & endorphin levels while improving blood flow and decreasing inflammation. This combination of effects is responsible for the relaxed and happy feeling that is typical after a treatment. Pain levels decrease and the body’s immune system gets a boost. Pain often motivates people to try Acupuncture. Many patients have already tried physical therapy and medications with no relief, and find that Acupuncture is an excellent alternative for alleviating pain and promoting a healthier body.

Chinese Medicine focuses attention on the patient rather than on the disease, grouping together signs and symptoms of a disease and synthesizing them until a clear picture appears that provides a diagnosis of the person as a whole. A patient’s illness is closely related to their emotional and mental health.  The doctor of Chinese medicine will diagnose and treat the individual taking into consideration the continuum line produced by the interactions of body, mind and spirit.

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