Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of extremely fine, hair-thin, sterile, single-use needles into specific points along a series of connected pathways or “meridians” throughout the body. These points contain electrical potentials and by needling these points it is possible to create a cascade of different reactions in the body and brain.
Acupuncture sends a healing impulse to the body, creating the release of curative hormones and neurotransmitters and stimulating the cardiovascular, immune and central nervous systems.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of health conditions which include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic pain (including muscular pain, chronic back pain, frozen shoulder)
- Headaches, migraines
- Digestive complaints
- Menstrual complaints (cramps, pain, heavy flow, irregular periods)
- Infertility, erectile dysfunction
- Mental conditions (anxiety, stress, depression)
- Respiratory disorders (asthma, lung infections)
- Allergies, sinusitis
The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being “widely” practiced—by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners—for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions.