As a complex medical system, Traditional East Asian Medicine has treated and prevented illness for thousands of years. East Asian Medicine incorporates Acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and lifestyle counseling to achieve and maintain optimum health and prevent illness,
The practice of Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body by the insertion of very small, sterile needles. Acupuncture points along particular meridians are used to activate the body’s own energy to facilitate healing. Both the root cause as well as the symptoms of the condition are addressed in an effort to restore the body’s natural flow of energy or balance. Myofascial trigger points are regularly used in Acupuncture treatments to reduce pain and restore function.
The insertion of Acupuncture needles has been shown to stimulate the release of several naturally occurring substances. One of these is cortisol, a hormone known to improve the body’s response to stress. There are also two powerful opiate-like neurotransmitters known as endorphins and enkephalins, that when activated modify the physical response to pain. Thirdly, the release of “substance P” is essential in the body’s ability to deal with pain. All of this has been shown to increase circulation to the affected areas of the body producing an anti-inflammatory response and healing in damaged tissues.
Patients experience a good sense of well-being, ability to manage stress better, improved sleep, cognition and health of organs, muscles and tissues.