The modern scientific explanation is that inserting needles in to the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the spinal cord, brain and muscles. These chemicals may change the pain experience or may trigger the release of other hormones and chemicals to influence the body’s own internal natural healing abilities, and in promoting emotional and physical health. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health say acupuncture is an effective treatment for wide range of acute and chronic health conditions as well as provides preventive care for following medical problems:
Emotional Issues â€“ Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress. Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.
Nervous System â€“ Bellâ€™s palsy, dizziness, headaches, migraines, neuralgia, stroke, paralysis, tics, tremors;
Muscle and Joints Problems â€“ Arthritis, back and neck pain, joint pain, osteoarthritis, rib neuritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, shoulder pain, sports injuries, sprains;
Menâ€™s Issues â€“ prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, urinary tract infection;
Womenâ€™s Issues â€“ Endometriosis, infertility, menstrual problems, menopause, PMS, sexual dysfunction, vaginitis, urinary tract infection;
Digestion Problems â€“ Low appetite, constipation, spastic colon, food allergies, colitis, peptic ulcer, Crohnâ€™s disease, diarrhea, indigestion, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, nausea;
Skin Problemsâ€“ Acne, wrinkles, dermatitis, herpes, hives, eczema;
Respiratory/Ear Nose Throat â€“ Allergies, asthma, flu, common colds, emphysema, recurrent chest infections, eye diseases, hearing loss, vertigo, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis.
Heart and Blood â€“ hypertension, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, anemia, palpitations, coronary heart disease;
Addictions â€“ Food, drugs, smoking, alcohol;
Miscellaneous â€“ Chronic pain, diabetes, fatigue, immune deficiencies, hemorrhoids, hypoglycemia, hepatitis.
The acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible. Upon insertion, one may feel a sensation of heaviness or tingling. Patients may be feeling very relaxed after treatments. All needles are single use and disposable.