Because Acupuncture originated in China, mistranslations of ancient text over the past thousands of years have led to some confusion about how this medicinal system works. To some people, it seems Acupuncture is as foreign of a concept as the Chinese language itself. In this article I hope to help you better understand this complex medicine.
Consistent acupuncture treatment improves the flow of oxygen, nutrients and blood through the blood vessels to nourish all of the cells in our bodies.
Acupuncture regulates blood circulation. When blood is flowing freely and correctly throughout the body, pain is relieved, organ function improves and aging is prevented. Think about it: without blood moving to certain areas of the body, those areas cannot perform optimally or function.
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. Inserting needles into specific areas of the body activates nociceptors, sensory nerves and proprioceptor fibers that travel from the skin, up the spine and into the brain. It improves nerve signaling to your brain, which releases opioids to naturally eliminate pain.
To put it simply- Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. Think about it: if you get a cut on your finger, your body knows how to fix it and begins its self-healing right away. Your body’s #1 priority is to heal and keep you at your optimal level of health. Sometimes, however, through poor diet, environment or lack of self-care, we can develop disease and lose this ability to fix ourselves. This is where Acupuncture comes in, to fine-tune your body so that you can live your life at your optimal performance.
Bonus: here are some facts about acupuncture you may not have known.