What is Acupuncture
Pins & Needles
Acupuncture involves using tiny, pore-sized, single-use, sterile needles to invoke a physiological response in the body. There are twelve channels, or meridians, on the body traversing from the fingertips and toe tips into the core and further traveling internally to reach the organs. Chosen points along these meridians activate the body’s natural healing reaction. The five fundamental theories of how these tiny needles inserted into the body create such a robust response are as follows:
1. Augmentation of Immunity: The immune system responds by placing the needles into the skin and muscle. The needles, harmless as they may be, are still foreign, increasing gamma globulins, antibodies, white blood cells, and other natural fighters. Not only can we prevent illness, treat colds or allergies, eliminate asthma, and more, but acupuncture can also regulate the immune system in cases of autoimmune diseases.
2. Endorphin Theory: Endorphins are released during acupuncture, which makes you feel good and initiates natural pain regulation. Endorphins are said to be ten times stronger than morphine. They are addressing acute and chronic pain syndromes short-term as well as long-term.
3. Circulatory Theory: Release of vasodilators in response to needle insertion benefits the entire circulatory system. Dilating the blood vessels relieves pressure on the heart and ultimately encourages proper blood flow. New red blood cells and white blood cells are transported to any area of injury, speeding up the healing process.
4. Neurotransmitter Theory: Acupuncture regulates certain neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and noradrenaline. Low serotonin levels are attributed to anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia, obesity, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, chronic pain, migraines, and alcohol abuse. Negative thoughts, low self-esteem, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, PMS, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are also symptoms of low serotonin. By regulating the mind and the body, we can achieve excellent results.
5. Gate Control Theory: This theory states that pain receptors travel from the area of injury or discomfort up the spinal column through high traffic “gates” to reach the brain. Acupuncture acts as a competing stimulus blocking the pain receptors; thus, you experience less pain.
Acupuncture is typically painless; however, everyone’s sensitivity varies. Therefore, I work with you to ensure your experience is comfortable, pain-free, and rewarding. If you’d like to try one needle before committing, contact me, and I’d be happy to accommodate!
"Meridians not only feed vital energies to their related organs,
they also reflect any pathological disturbance in those organs,
thus providing a convenient and highly accurate tool for diagnosis as well as therapy."
~Daniel Reid, Guarding the Three Treasures
"I want my lungs to expand like flowers opening;
like each breath is a chance for me to
bloom a little bit more."
~D. Antoinette Foy