What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into the skin to tap into the body’s bioelectrical system. This electricity, known as qi, runs through a complex circuit system of acupuncture channels, and the acupuncture points are epicenters where this bioelectricity is concentrated. The needles act as conductors to create a communication with the body and stimulate its innate healing abilities. Acupuncture regulates the nervous system, and releases endorphins, immune cells, neurotransmitters and neurohormones.
How does acupuncture work?
In a healthy body, blood and Qi, flow freely like a river through the body’s landscape via meridians. The meridian system is like a highly complex electrical circuit. Acupuncture points lying along the meridians are epicenters where the body’s Qi (electricity) gathers. Metal needles inserted into these points act as conductors to move, tonify and drain Qi, returning the body to a state of health.
From a Western scientific perspective, acupuncture primarily produces its effects through regulating the nervous system which aids the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. These affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.
Who would benefit from acupuncture?
Although acupuncture is touted for its effects on chronic and acute pain, it actually treats a wide array of ailments including: acne, addiction, allergies, asthma, anxiety, depression, common cold, diabetes, diarrhea, gastro-intestinal issues, fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches, heartburn, infertility, insomnia, menopause, menstrual cramps, post-surgery, sinusitis, skin disorders, smoking cessation, stress and weight control.
Insurance companies in the Midwest are increasingly covering acupuncture. We would be happy to check your benefits. You can use a Health Savings Account/Flex Spending dollars toward your acupuncture treatments. Discounted treatment packages are also available.