What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medication or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. The insertion and skillful manipulation of the needles elevates endorphin levels leading to increased circulation; initiating an immune response that helps target the cause of discomfort and pain.
Acupuncture has been used in parts of Asia for over 2500 years, and continues to be mainstream medicine for over 1 billion people (that’s one seventh of the world’s population). This ancient form of healing has been modernized in the last 200 hundred years and, even more recently, is being integrated into Western medical practices. Its ability to manage pain from musculoskeletal injury or imbalance has been clearly demonstrated, and its complementary application to many other conditions has been repeatedly demonstrated in clinical practice.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Many types of health-care providers now utilize acupuncture in clinical practice, including chiropractors, physiotherapists, and medical doctors. A natural result of this trend has been a continuing integration of acupuncture into a Western medicine model. Utilizing a blend of ancient methods and modern biomedical concepts, practitioners of many disciplines are regularly incorporating acupuncture treatment not only as a stand-alone therapy, but as an integrated modality in a variety of health-care environments.