Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and it really works. Acupuncture has to do with energy, or chi, in the body. Energy flows along pathways (meridians) in your body. Each pathway corresponds to one or a group of organs in the body. When illness or injury occurs, the chi backs up. If the chi is moving too fast or too slow, it can cause disease. The acupuncture needles are inserted along the meridian pathways, at points where the pathways are close to the surface of the skin. The needles release the chi to restore it to its normal flow and your symptoms are relieved as the chi moves smoothly around the body again.
The FDA considers acupuncture needles to be medical devices and they are regulated in the same way as other sterile medical equipment. Medical researchers have found that acupuncture stimulates your immune system and your nervous system to release endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkiller. It also causes your body to release other natural chemicals, such as hormones, that regulate your body and control symptoms such as pain and swelling.
Here are just a few of the many aliments acupuncture can help with:
• Colds or flus
• Low energy or fatigue
• Sports injuries, such as a sprain or strain
• High blood pressure
• Depression and anxiety