Acupuncture involves the use of tiny, pore-sized, single-use, sterile needles to invoke a physiological response in the body. There are 14 channels, or meridians, on the body traversing from the finger tips and toe tips into the core and further traveling internally to reach the organs. The points are chosen along these meridians in order to activate the body’s natural healing reaction. The five basic theories of how these tiny needles being inserted into the body create such a powerful response are as follows:
- Augmentation of Immunity: By placing the needles into the skin and muscle, the immune system responds. The needles, harmless as they may be, are still foreign resulting in an increase of 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.
- Endorphin Theory: Endorphins are released during acupuncture which not only makes you feel good, but also initiates natural pain regulation. Endorphins are said to be 10 times stronger than morphine. This is how we treat acute and chronic pain syndromes short term as well as long term.
- Circulatory Theory: Vasodilators are released in response to needle insertion which benefits the entire circulatory system, relieving pressure on the heart and blood vessels and ultimately encouraging proper blood flow. This also sends fresh red blood cells and white blood cells to any area of injury, speeding up the healing process.
- Neurotransmitter Theory: Acupuncture regulates certain neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and noradrenaline. Low serotonin levels are often 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 as well as the body, we are able to achieve excellent results
- 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” in order 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. I work with you to make sure 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.