Acupuncture and East Asian medicine has been in use for over 3000 years. One of the foundations of Eastern medicine is that the body is viewed as a whole, everything is connected, mind, body and spirit and the external world influence what’s going on the inside.
How does Acupuncture work? Acupuncture involves the strategic placement of ultra-thin needles in acupoints that correspond to the patient's condition. The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body's self-healing abilities within a system of networks known as meridians that have been blocked by stress, trauma and/or disease. Restoring homeostasis within the meridians will restore healthy function, resolve symptoms and prevent disease.
In terms of physiology and biochemistry, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate nerves and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system. This improved function results in the body producing its own natural chemicals involved in pain relief and reduction of inflammation as well as releasing neurotransmitters that create a feeling of relaxation and well being. Acupuncture has demonstrated to regulate and improve the function of nerve transmission, metabolic components carried in blood and oxygen, hormones, neurotransmitters, and nutrients.
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