What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.
How it Works
One major hypothesis is that acupuncture works through neurohormonal pathways. Basically, you put the needle through specific points in the body and stimulate the nerve. The nerve actually sends signals to the brain, and the brain releases neural hormones such as beta-Endorphins. By doing that, the patient may feel euphoric, or happy, and this increases the pain threshold and they feel less pain.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is effective for treating various conditions and illnesses. Here are some of it’s main benefits:
- Pain Management
- Stress / Anxiety
- Facial Pain
- Musculoskeletal Pain
Who can Benefit?
This practice should be considered for patients who do not respond to conventional treatments or who do not want to take medication.