Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine used to alleviate pain and promote overall health. Acupuncture uses needles placed along invisible meridians that run throughout the body. Today, acupuncturists also use lasers, magnets and electric pulses in addition to needles. Each meridian point has a specific meaning and can unblock and repair meridians and channels with vital energy or chi. Through the stimulation of the meridians, an acupuncturist is able to restore balance and ergo health to the patient.
According to NIH, acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing endorphins and other biochemical agents specific sites in the body to reduce pain and inflammation. In addition, studies indicate that acupuncture may release neurohormones affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions. This includes immune reactions, pain sensation, stomach problems, allergies, and much, much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
Unlike conventional medical needles found in most clinics and hospitals, acupuncture needles are extremely thin, usually measuring 0.2 mm in width (about the size of your hair). Usually, patients will describe a pricking sensation or no sensation at all. The area where the needle is inserted is first cleaned with alcohol to create a sterile environment and reduce the risk of infection. Further, at Partners in Health & Wellness, no single needle is ever re-used, further reducing the risk of infection.
What are the Most Common Conditions Treated by Acupuncture in Dr. Hecht's Office?
Lower Back Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome