Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West. How does acupuncture work? In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. The qi then travels through channels called meridians. Western Acupuncture is thought to work through neurohormonal pathways. The needle is put in specific points in the body to stimulate the nerve. The nerve actually sends signals to the brain, and the brain releases neural hormones such as beta-Endorphins. By doing that, the patient may feel euphoric, or happy, and this increases the pain threshold and they feel less pain.
Benefits are often felt immediately after the first treatment although acupuncture builds on itself as it returns the body to a state of health. As treatment progresses, so too does the length of time that its effects last.The Frequency of treatments is dependent on the nature and severity of your condition. Acupuncture needles are sterile and as thin as a human hair. They are used only once then disposed of. Most insertions are completely painless although sometimes patients experience a mild sensation that only lasts a brief moment. Many patients are surprised to find treatments to be very pleasurable,often bringing them into a deep state of relaxation.
Acupuncture may be covered under your insurance policy. We are In-Net Work with most Insurance Companies and if we are not we do have cash options and packaging prices. Call to schedule a consultation or just inquire about your coverage; we would be more than happy to help.