What Is Acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment approach integrating traditional Chinese medicine with current concepts of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. It involves the insertion of fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points. This provides a therapeutic effect that:
- encourages natural healing
- improves function of the targeted areas
- reduces and relieves pain.
Acupuncture is able to do this by stimulating the body to produce endorphins, our natural pain relieving chemicals. It also improves blood circulation to the affected tissue, and effectively relaxes irritated nerves.
Based on current evidence from controlled trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) established that the following conditions could be effectively treated using acupuncture:
- Acute sprains/strains
- Pain from nerve entrapments (e.g Sciatica)
- Repetitive strain disorders (e.g. carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis)
- Degenerative disc/joint disease
- Postoperative pain
- Essential hypertension
- Allergic rhinitis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chronic pain