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Acupuncture is the most commonly known alternative method to health problems. It was developed over 5,000 years ago by the Chinese, who based the technique on the belief that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body irrigating and nourishing the tissues. An obstruction in the movement an energy river is like a dam that backs up in other channels, eventually leading to a host of problems.


Acupuncture needles‚ unblock  obstructions and reestablish regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture encourages the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning by inserting needles at very precise points and sometimes applying heat or electrical stimulation. Treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, energy production, and energy circulation through the meridians.

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 either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones, which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.


The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional well-being. While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the sole treatment for many conditions or as the support to other treatments in many medical and surgical disorders.

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of problems, including: digestive disorders (gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea), respiratory disorders (sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections), neurological and muscular disorders (headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis), urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems. Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress as well as emotional conditions.