Many people are skeptical that shoving a bunch of hair thin needles into specific points all over your body but this medical procedure, better known as acupuncture is becoming more and more popular in the USA. Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into your skin and very specific points on your body. Traditional Chinese medicine, linked back over 2500 years, explains that the technique balances the flow of energy or life force (known as qi or chi) believed to be flowing through pathways in your body.
Western medicine believes a more scientific explanation of acupuncture’s effectiveness by stimulating nerves, muscles and connective tissue to activate your body’s natural painkillers, loosen tension deep within soft tissue, and increase blood flow to specific areas of the body.
There are hundreds of different points across your entire body that will help alleviate symptoms, some in areas you may not even think.
Acupuncture has been proven to:
- Reduce pain through stimulation of your peripheral nervous system, triggering a reaction to release endorphins. It also allows the body to release tension elevating chronic pain in specifically targeted areas, as well as promoting healing by increasing blood flow to a targeted area of your body.
- Reduce stress by blocking the release of stress-related hormones such as cortisol ad neuropeptide Y.
- Increases mood by encouraging the release of endorphins including serotonin.
- Reduces allergies by boosting your immune response and reducing inflammation.
- Reduce addictions by releasing endorphins that may block cravings or withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on what you are looking to treat, acupuncture, in some cases can work immediately to relieve tension, stress or pain, but it can also take several treatments to see the effects. Overall, it is an amazing and relaxing technique that can cure numerous amounts of physical ailments on every single part of the body.
Afraid of being a human pin cushion? Don’t worry, acupuncture is a relatively painless procedure. While you may feel a small amount of soreness after your session, or even a tiny reflex “release” (that means it’s working!) the insertion of the needles is barely detectable, yet the effects and pain relief can be very monumental. It is definitely worth giving a try! Not only has acupuncture done amazing things for humans over the years, it is also widely practiced and loved by dogs, horses, and other pets and animal athletes!