Acupuncture is the original healing practice of needle therapy. It is said to have originated sometime between 2000 B.C. and 400 B.C. When it is used correctly, acupuncture effectively treats pain, disease and is even a preventative.

During an acupuncture treatment, very thin needles are placed into specific areas of the body. In Chinese Medicine, these points are referred to as jie or neural nodes. How it works and heals the body is by stimulating these nodes, which has a direct effect on the central and peripheral nervous system.

These nervous system signals light up the midbrain or mesencephalon, to trigger the release of endogenous or internal chemicals called endorphins and enkephalins, both of which have some of the strongest pain-relieving properties known to man. As an added bonus, these chemicals also improve and modulate immune system function. Many researchers in the field attribute most chronic pain to be an enkephalin release problem, which should be physiologically released at needed areas. This briefly summarizes why acupuncture is so effective at resolving chronic pain.

Acupuncture has been commonly used to treat pain conditions like low-back pain, neck pain, knee pain, headaches, sinus issues, digestive disturbances and more. It has a historical written record unlike any other that dates back several thousand years as treatment modality not only for pain but for illness as well.

It is an effective vasodilator, meaning it improves blood flow throughout the entire body. Blood circulation is the most essential bodily function because it supplies the body’s vital organs with oxygen and nutrients so that it can function. Poor blood circulation can harm the brain, kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, or any other area of the body and can have life-threatening consequences if left untreated.

A course of acupuncture will vary depending on the condition that is being treated, but the effects are cumulative and work best on momentum. See the frequently asked questions page for more information about how often treatments are needed. At Acupuncture Huntington Beach, we customize treatment plans specifically for each patient; to get rid of their problem(s) and make sure those problems do not come back.

Our go-to method of acupuncture is known as distal needling. This involves placing the very thin needles away from the symptomatic site. For example, knee pain is usually treated by placing needles away from the knee and the pain-relief is typically felt within seconds. Local needling on the other would involve placing needles directly into the knee, which in some instances can also be effective.

Needles are usually placed within dense areas of nerve tissue and retinaculum, to signal to the brain to release the natural endogenous pain killing chemicals that stimulate blood flow to a targeted area. More often than not, this accomplishes instantaneous relief, but more importantly it initiates the healing process and that is what prevents those symptoms from reoccurring.


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