Acupuncture originated in China around 3,500 years ago and works by stimulating points along the body with hair thin needles, acupressure massage, cupping and moxa. Chinese medicine also uses lifestyle medicine and herbal formulas to address root causes of disease and bring the body back to balance. Acupuncture, acupressure and cupping work by promoting blood circulation in the body and current research shows that acupuncture reduces inflammation reducing proinflammatory markers in the body. Acupuncture decreases pain by interrupting pain signaling and prompts the brain to produce the body’s natural pain killers.
Current scientific research shows that acupuncture is effective for treatment of:
Chronic pain: including osteoarthritis, joint pain, migraine prevention, chronic tension headaches, tmjd and postoperative pain.
Pregnancy: including pregnancy related pain, migraines and nausea and vomiting.
Women’s health: including menopausal hotflashes and menstrual health.
Digestive health: nausea, vomiting, IBS and inflammatory bowel conditions
Mental health: including treatment of anxiety, insomnia and PTSD.
Allergies: allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) Autoimmune disorders: current research shows that acupuncture can decrease the body’s inflammation to promote healing.