Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which involves using fine, “thread like” sterile needles along certain points on the meridians or pathways on the body, that move the energy flow and unblock the stagnant qi in the body.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine date back several thousand years, the premise of which is a belief in the whole body concept of health, which involves the inter-relationships of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Therefore, a person is treated as a whole and not just for individual symptoms, thereby bringing the whole body back into balance.
In a modern day perspective, scientists believe that acupuncture regulates the nervous system, which in turn releases certain neurotransmitters and endorphins, which help the body’s capability to heal itself. Much research has been done in how acupuncture can benefit one’s health, and some of the physiological effects noted are decreased inflammation, relief in muscle spasm and decreased pain as well as increased circulation and improved immunity.
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