The understanding of how and why acupuncture works has evolved over the centuries it has been practiced. It functions by regulating the circulation of Qi and blood within the body. By stimulating points along the 12 meridians corresponding to various internal organs, an anesthetic effect can be triggered thereby reducing stress, lowering physical pain, and slowing or stopping chronic illness or at least greatly reducing their symptoms and improving quality of life.
From a Western Medical perspective, acupuncture works by having an effect on the muscular, neurological and endocrine system by triggering a pare-sympathetic response, allowing a person to digest, sleep, and relax to a greater capacity promoting self-healing.
Acupuncture has been known to benefit ...
- low back pain
- neck pain
- tennis elbow
- knee pain
- periarthritis of the shoulder
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- dental pain
- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- rheumatoid arthritis
- morning sickness
- nausea and vomiting
- postoperative pain
- essential hypertension
- primary hypotension
- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- primary dysmenorrhea
- acute epigastralgia
- peptic ulcer
- acute and chronic gastritis