Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into various parts of the body and can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions, encouraging the body to heal and repair itself.
Western Medical Acupuncture is similar to Chinese acupuncture, but also applies our current scientific understanding of anatomy (the structure of the body), physiology (the healthy functioning of the body), and pathology (changes to the normal functioning of the body).
We are using this scientific knowledge to understand better how acupuncture works and to reconcile it with Western medicine.
Acupuncture can be useful for many different types of symptoms. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. It is known that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers, but it also has a beneficial effect on health. Indeed, patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
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