Acupuncture is an integrative medicine that awakens the body’s innate healing mechanism encouraging health and vitality. Evolving for millennia, acupuncture is rooted in spirit and grounded in science. It examines your body, mind, lifestyle and environment as a whole. Perhaps its biggest strength is in addressing both symptoms and the underlying imbalances. Acupuncture addresses the body, emotions, mind, and spirit - it seeks to bring harmony and health in a gentle yet effective way.
Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of sterile, single use, thin needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. This process allows the body to adjust and alter its inherent energy flow into healthier patterns. It is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions and also as a way to simply maintain a healthy balance.
Acupuncture can help you feel more energetic, emotionally balanced, and resistant to stress even if you do not have any specific medical complaints.
Increases circulation by enhancing the flow of fresh blood and thus oxygen and nutrients to an area of injury to speed healing and to flush out waste products, toxins and stagnant blood.
Releases muscle tension & pain by accessing trigger points in your muscles. Trigger points are well-documented tender areas which, when stimulated, release tension in the muscle fiber. Acupuncture needles cause your muscles to release, thus relieving pain and tension.
Produces endorphins (the body’s natural opiate-like chemicals) that reduce pain, relieve stress and give some people a euphoric feeling.
Reduces stress and anxiety by reducing stress hormones like cortisol. Stress hormones are necessary in small amounts but are released too frequently in most people today. This sympathetic nervous system response (aka fight or flight) should be activated only to help us escape and survive in the most dire of situations, not activated on an hourly or daily basis. Stress hormones are responsible for damage at the cellular level in the body. They age you, cause sleep disruption, weight gain, appetite disturbance, and emotional imbalances; so reducing this systemic response is immeasurably important in resolving health concerns.
Stimulates the parasympathetic system which is our “rest and digest” system. You may hear your belly start to gurgle when you receive an acupuncture treatment: strong evidence that your parasympathetic system has been activated and that your body is in restoration mode. By taking you out of “fight or flight” and into “rest and digest” mode, acupuncture tells your body to stop using up resources and start rebuilding and nourishing the areas that need attention. Meditation is another great way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
Regulates the immune system, fortifying you against colds and flu, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and inflammation. Acupuncture can stimulate both red and white blood cell production.
Decreases inflammation by increasing circulation, producing endorphins, activating our parasympathetic nervous system, and reducing stress hormones. Inflammation is a healthy response to tissue damage and it can stimulate our bodies’ self-healing mechanisms. However, poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to an over active inflammatory response and inflammation is the root of all disease. Less inflammation equals a longer, healthier life.
At Anupa Wellness we love the effects of acupuncture for:
Mental Health - acupuncture is tremendously powerful at treating anxiety, stress and depression. Thanks to its ability to release endorphins, acupuncture is ideal for people working through psycho-emotional imbalances.
Digestive Health - acupuncture is incredibly effective at helping to heal the gut. Whether you are suffering from IBS, Crohns, colitis, SIBO, or an undiagnosed but life-altering digestive issue, acupuncture can help.
Pain Reduction - acupuncture is one of the non drug approaches that you may choose to treat your pain. It is a very safe alternative to the dangerous and possibly lethal opioid option for many types of pain. Acupuncture will reduce pain by enabling your body to decrease inflammation, increase blood flow and release endorphins.
Reproductive and Hormonal Health - acupuncture is effective at treating a vast array of hormonal based issues. Adrenal Fatigue is another dis-ease effectively treated with acupuncture and herbal therapies.