The philosophy of acupuncture is treating the whole person, including body, mind, and spirit. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the life force energy of the body (called Qi) circulates throughout our body continuously. The body becomes ill when there is disruption of the life force energy. The acupuncture needles are inserted in specific acupuncture points to free the flow of stagnant life force energy. When the energy is balanced (i.e., reaches homeostasis), the illness can no longer exist. In America, acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain. As a matter of fact, besides treating pain, it can also be used to treat various diseases.
Recent research has found that several types of pain reducing chemicals are released by nerve cells during acupuncture treatment. Some studies have also shown that acupuncture triggers the release of a certain neurotransmitters and hormones. In addition, acupuncture can impact the brain chemistry and affect involuntary body functions. Therefore, besides treating pain, it can also be used to treat a variety of other conditions.
Acupuncture can be an ideal alternative for patients who are not satisfied with the traditional western medical treatment or want to avoid the side effects of western treatment and/or medication.