How Does Acupuncture Work?
The life energy flowing through the body, termed Qi (pronounced chee), can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain and stimulate the immune system.
How Quickly Does Acupuncture Work?
A positive response to acupuncture is generally seen after the first to fourth treatment. Chronic and complicated conditions will take longer. If you’re being treated for a menstrual problem or infertility, it may take three menstrual cycles for your body to respond. You will schedule your appointments further and further apart as you achieve optimal results.
We are excited to offer acupuncture to our Roanoke-area patients. For those who would like a free demonstration, be sure to reserve your spot at one of our FREE “Intro to Acupuncture” classes June 14 and 17, 6:00-7:00pm. We’ll see you there!
Daryl C. Rich, DC, CSCS