Acupuncture is a therapy that uses natural laws and energetics with the application of needles and pressure to specific “points” on the body. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning a “pattern of disharmony” and treating accordingly. Acupuncture treats to strengthen the physical body, prevent disease, control pain, and achieve longevity. The goal of acupuncture, as practiced in oriental medicine in general, is not only limited to ridding or relieving symptoms but also to increase both the quality of life and ability to function.
Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows it releases endorphins from the brain, which make acupuncture particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing energy. It improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.