Acupuncture can restore balance in many different ways:
Acupuncture Promotes Blood Flow
Blood contains everything the body needs to heal. Blood contains oxygen, nutrients from food, hormones, analgesics (painkillers) and anti-inflammatories. When circulation increases, naturally healing increases.
Blood flow is vital to maintaining health. For instance, even minor reduction in blood flow can impair oxygenation of muscles leading to significant pain. Blood flow decreases as we age which can increase risk for disease. Acupuncture helps counteract this process and keeps blood flow balanced.
Acupuncture Releases Natural Painkillers
Your body is equipped with natural painkillers. When a practitioner inserts a needle at a targeted point, the nerve sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain. The brain then releases feel-good chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin. Some of these are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!
Acupuncture Reduces Pain Altogether
The practice can actually reduce the intensity and perception of chronic pain. It does this through a process called “descending control normalization,” which involves the serotonergic nervous system. Acupuncture also relaxes muscles. This releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow.
Acupuncture Reduces Stress
This is perhaps the most important effect. Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. The system governs the “fight-or-flight” response and also controls how you recuperate after. Recent research conveys that if this system doesn’t work properly, it can cause autoimmune diseases including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Acupuncture promotes the body to naturally regulate this stimuli response system. The practice makes it easier for you to handle stress and also decompress after it’s over.
Balance Your Way to Better Health
In summary, acupuncture heals your body and makes it more resilient. Acupuncture affects every major system including cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, endocrine and the immune system.
Acupuncture helps strengthen each system by:
- Relieving pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Restoring balance
If you suffer from chronic pain, stress, sleepless nights or FLC (feels like crap) syndrome, acupuncture can help you balance your way to good health!