What is Acupuncture?

The definition of health to an acupuncturist is nutrient-rich, highly oxygenated blood circulating freely to all tissues of the body. When oxygen or nutrients fail to reach the tissues disease, pain, dysfunction, and dysregulation is the result.

When there is pain, particularly chronic pain, the body reduces blood flow to that painful area as a primitive survival mechanism to prevent a perceived infection from spreading or a perceived bleed-out from occurring. This results in reduced functioning of the tissues and impingement on nerves resulting in pain and dysfunction.

Acupuncture works to resolve pain and restore proper functioning by stimulation of blood flow to areas or tissues of the body where oxygenated blood is deficient or has become impeded. When there is a missing nutritional component(s) to conditions the acupuncturist addresses and corrects this issue with nutritional supplements, dietary changes, or herbs.

Acupuncture principally works through what’s known as the paleospinothalamic tract of the nervous system. This tract is responsible for the dull achy sensation of pain and is considered a more primitive part of the nervous system. By stimulating capillary beds with needles a signal is transmitted through this primitive nervous system to not only increase blood flow at the site of the stimulation, but also to several other specific locations in the body.

Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • Pain relief, all kinds of pain
  • Restoration of joint mobility
  • Restoration or improvement in proper organ function
  • Balancing and normalizing hormones
  • Improved digestion
  • Facilitating healing and reducing the amount of time it takes for an injury to heal
  • Relaxation of tight and tense muscles
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved energy
  • Reducing stress and anxiety

What to Expect during an Acupuncture Session:

Acupuncture is generally painless and should be comfortable and relaxing. If someone does feel a sharp pain from a needle, then that needle needs to be removed. It is counterproductive for someone to be in pain while receiving an acupuncture treatment.

What you might experience is a slight dull ache at the needling site, and at the site of the pain a warm sensation, tingling, spasms, possibly even a transient increase in pain as a result of restored blood flow to the area. Pain relief is usually immediate; typically within one minute after the needle insertion has occurred.