Acupuncture improves your body’s healing processes through stimulating specific anatomic sites (acupoints) with the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. This practice focuses on bringing the body back into an energetic balance in order to be able to heal itself.
Studies suggest that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.
There are other situations – such as addiction, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma – in which, acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an alternative to be included in a comprehensive management program.
Acupuncture may be covered by extended insurance plans. Check your plan to see if you are covered.