What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique that promotes natural healing and improves function in the body. It is performed by inserting sterilized, stainless steel needles into certain points on the body. These points are located on or near the surface of the skin, and they have the ability to change various physiological and biochemical conditions. In doing so, acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of disorder and illnesses.
History of Acupuncture
The Chinese have practiced acupuncture for centuries. The ancient Chinese found that there are energy channels known as meridians running throughout the body. Throughout these meridians, there are 360 points on various parts of the body. Targeting these points allows for the transfer of energy, or Qi. Altering the flow of Qi is helpful in treating a variety of conditions. Medically speaking, the insertion of needles into the skin stimulates blood flow. Since blood contains healing elements that decrease inflammation and break up scar tissue, the increased flow can decrease pain and a number of other symptoms.
Benefits of Acupuncture with Chiropractic
Acupuncture works very well with chiropractic treatment. Both treatments work in ways that enable the body to heal itself without surgery, drugs or invasive treatments. In addition to promoting natural healing, they both correct imbalances and restore overall health and well-being. Just as the hands are used to adjust subluxations within the nervous system, the needles used during acupuncture are used to manipulate the body’s meridian points.