What is Acupuncture? Research on Acupuncture

Acupuncture utilizes sterile solid, fine needles to stimulate specific points along the meridian system of the body. Stimulating the acupuncture points facilitates the body’s healing process allowing it to come back into balance. In Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture regulates and harmonizes the flow of both qi and blood to the tissues and organs. Research in Korea has found microscopic fibers that follow along the lines of the acupuncture meridians. This is evidence of a physical microscopic pathway within the body, called Bonghan Channels or Ducts, which follow along the meridian pathways and are activated with acupuncture. 

 

Here is a link to a video discussing Bonghan Ducts.

 

Link to research about acupuncture points and CT scan imaging showing the differences at these acupuncture points.

 

Link to image of acupuncture needle here. I use 0.18mm needles most of the time (smaller than photo.)


What are Acupuncture's Benefits?

Acupuncture improves overall quality of life and health. This is achieved Acupuncture balances the body’s energy systems to improve our adaptation to stress, improve mood, boost immune function, and enhance blood circulation throughout the body. Acupuncture works holistically on many systems of the body. It influences the brain and nervous system to reduces fight or flights. It improves immunity, inflammatory response, helps with blood sugar, regulates blood pressure, releases endorphins and neurotransmitters to help with mood. Acupuncture balances hormones for regulating many imbalances with fertility and reproduction. It quickens healing of injuries through repetitive movements, traumatic injury through accidents by improving blood circluation, pain reduction, moving of fluids from swelling and inflammation process. In addition, our repetitive thoughts, lifestyle, and diet create emotional pain and imbalances in the body. Acupuncture helps to balance these energy systems through the meridians and acupuncture points. These points tap into the body’s energy flow to optimize it and get things into balance again. They move stagnant energy ~ called Qi ~ within the body. Moving the Qi can resolve and improve painful and inflammatory conditions and influence mood and hormones.

CT scan from new research on acupuncture points.

CT scan showing wrist area of body with the acupuncture points showing up as distinct areas.

Auricular Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture for Fertility and Pain

Energetic Rejuvenation - Acupuncture with Reiki at Metamorphosis