Acupuncture is a safe, painless alternative for treating:
- Arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems
- Cosmetic procedures
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress
- And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues.
Acupuncture has a recorded history of at least 2,000 years, but therapeutic methods and instruments have been found that date back from 4,000-10,000 years ago. Modern methods still rely on and refer to the ancient classic texts, but also stand on clinical practice and research to constantly prove and improve the science and art of acupuncture to successfully address acute and chronic ailments and pain.
Although early practitioners were well aware of the anatomy of the body, they believed energy (chi or qi) traveled through invisible meridians following specific pathways through the body. Acupuncture points are specific locations on these meridians that have been shown to have more bioelectric conductivity and are most commonly needled or used in acupressure.
Due to advances in medical imaging, scientists believe they have proven the existence of these meridians. Through the use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), they successfully predicted areas of the brain that would be activated during treatments. An acupuncture needle was used to stimulate an acupoint, activating the brain on the opposite side of the body of the needling site. These followed neural pathways our nervous system would predict. However, when they used pure energy (a cold laser not touching the site or felt by the patient) a completely different reaction was observed. The same side of the brain was activated as the stimulated site, thus neural pathways could not explain the results. The meridian theory does explain the result as the stimulated meridian ran along one side of the body. Our office has the complete research article for those interested in seeing how acupuncture is becoming a mainstream medical treatment in the U.S.
For those scientifically minded, these studies were conducted under double blind, placebo controlled standards. With more funding being made available by the National Institutes of Health, many other mechanisms of action are being discovered in quality controlled clinical trials.The National Institutes of Health have endorsed acupuncture to treat a wide variety of diseases.
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