How Does Acupuncture Work?
The origins of Oriental Medicine are over 1,000 years old, and it has been practiced for centuries in east Asia. The modern medical world has been researching the effects of acupuncture and herbal medicine since the mid-20th century.
It has been discovered that acupuncture has an effect on the hypothalamus, which regulates the endocrine system and hormones. It has been shown to activate the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, which induces the relaxation response and reduces the effects of stress on our bodies. It stimulates endorphin and serotonin production, which affect pain perception and mood.
Studies have also found that acupuncture safely increases blood circulation, decreases inflammation, and enhances the effectiveness of the immune system by increasing the number of T-cells.
What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment?
Many people wonder if acupuncture is painful. In most cases only a slight sensation is felt on insertion of the needles, which are much thinner than a hypodermic needle that is used to give a shot or take blood. A slight tingling may be felt around the needle. Patients often experience a feeling of relaxation and well-being during and after treatment with acupuncture.
Other modalities may be used, such as:
Cupping - suction cups are used for muscle release and detoxification
Gua Sha - a massage tool is used to relieve muscle tightness and for detoxification
Moxibustion - acupoints are warmed with an herb known as moxa or an electronic device
Herbal formulas in the form of tablets, capsules, tinctures or powdered granules may be prescribed. These herbs are strictly tested for safety and purity, and are only recommended after a careful review of a patient’s current nutritional supplements and prescription medications.
How many treatments do I need, and how often?
The number and frequency of treatments needed depends on the nature, severity and duration of the condition. Many patients experience a certain amount of relief after just one or two treatments. Severe or longstanding conditions can require more persistent care. Robin designs treatment programs tailored to your specific needs and goals.
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