Acupuncture

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Blood pressure problems

  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting

  • Dental pain

  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines

  • Labor pain

  • Low back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis

  • Whooping cough

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain but has increasingly been used for overall wellness, including stress management.

The human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow, thereby improving health.