Acupuncture has been used in East Asia for many thousands of years to prevent disease, as well as to treat acute injuries and communicable diseases.  The insertion of fine, sterile needles into acupuncture points all over the body helps to enhance the flow of blood and fluids, regulate energy flow in the organs and channels, and balance the nervous system.  The use of acupuncture has been shown to alleviate joint and muscle pain, improve sleep quality, regulate menstruation, alleviate stress, and enhance fertility treatments.  The World Health Organization (along with the National Institutes of Health) has recognized a wide range of maladies for which acupuncture has proven beneficial.  The list of conditions includes:

  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hypertension (primary and secondary)
  • Malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • Post-operative pain
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Adverse reaction of cancer drug treatment (radiation & chemotherapy)
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Facial pain (such as Bell’s palsy / trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Morning sickness

Traditional Chinese medicine has a sophisticated and complex way of viewing the interrelationship of the organs, channel pathways, and the flow of energy (or Qi) in the human body.  Modern research has discovered that many of the acupuncture points are close to (or on) neurovascular bundles.  Thus, the insertion of needles in these areas can affect the release of neurotransmitters, anti-inflammatory molecules and immune cells.  The body’s regulatory mechanisms for responding to stress, allergens and hormonal changes can therefore be managed through regular acupuncture treatments.