Acupuncture is a system of healing that originated in China some 3,000 years ago. The practitioner introduces fine needles at strategic points of the body to restore energy balance, that is to say, health. According to Chinese medicine, a balanced person is a healthy person. It is when the balance is unsettled that discomfort appears. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which means it considers the person as a whole by taking into account both physical and psychological aspects.
Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to:
1) promote the body’s natural healing abilities by stimulating nearby nerve impulses,
2) release endorphins,
3) boost the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest”), and
4) decrease pain and inflammation.
As a relaxed state of mind is induced, the patient can heal more efficiently as the stress hormone cortisol is decreased.
Acupuncture is said to be useful in addressing a variety of health conditions, including:
Chronic pain (such as headaches, back pain, neck pain)
Stress and anxiety
Some people use acupuncture to promote fertility. It is also used to quit smoking and as a component of the treatment for other addictions.