Acupuncture Boosts Energy and Balance

Acupuncture Boosts Energy and Balance

Acupuncture is an Asia practice that has been around for centuries to treat several conditions and relieve pain. It is now being used worldwide to ease everything from low back pain and nerve pain to headaches and menstrual cramps. Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves inserting extremely fine needles into the skin at specific "acupoints" on the body. These needles help patients relieve pain by releasing endorphins and targeting the part of the brain that controls serotonin, a chemical in the brain that controls mood.

The classic Chinese explanation is that energy channels run regularly through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulate the bodyb s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

In Chinese acupuncture, the acupuncturist may turn or twist the needles slightly or apply heat or electrical stimulation to boost the effects of the therapy. The acupuncturist typically inserts four to 10 needles and leaves them in place for up to 30 minutes while you relax. A treatment course typically includes six to 12 sessions over three months.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will change the experience of pain or trigger other chemicals and hormones that influence the bodyb s own internal regulating system.

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