A healing method first used by the ancient Chinese over 4000 years ago.
It has been discovered that there is a decreased electrical resistance and increased electrical conductivity at Acupuncture points. Moreover, there is a high density of free nerve endings, arterioles, lymphatic vessels and mast cells (a type of white blood cell) found at Acupuncture points. Thus, Acupuncture points have special qualities and are not just mere random areas on the body.
When the Acupuncture point is stimulated, there is a release of endorphins (the body’s natural narcotics), cortisol (the body’s natural steroid), histamine and other neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals help decrease pain and muscle spasms, increase blood flow, stimulate nerves, and often promote a sense of calmness.
Acupuncture is performed with very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles. The patient only feels the needle as it quickly passes through the skin. Once the does needle is passed through the skin, the patient does not feel the needle per se. What the patient feel is often a tingling, numbness or warm feeling. Most patients relax once the needles are in place and some will often fall asleep.
Acupuncture is known to have therapeutic effects for a wide variety of conditions.
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and muscle spasms.
- Neurological disorders including seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), “pinched” nerves, traumatic nerve injury and certain types of paralysis.
- Urinary disorders such as incontinence, chronic urinary infections, and kidney disease (chronic and acute).
- Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, asthma and coughing.
- Gastrointestinal disorders including vomiting, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, rectal prolapses and diarrhea.
- Dermatological disorders such as allergic dermatitis and chronic skin disease.
- Cardiovascular diseases which include valvular disease and cardiomyopathy.
- Pre and post-surgically to manage pain and hasten healing.