Acupuncture is a 5000-year-old medical technique that flourished in ancient cultures, including India, Egypt and Central America, where needles made of iron and stone have been found, and more famously, China, Korea and Japan, where the tradition remains unbroken until the present day. Acupuncture is part of a complete medical system, that also includes herbal formulas, nutritional therapy, manual therapy and exercise therapy. It has been applied to treat more people than any other system of medicine.
Utilizing small, thin needles, inserted with strong finger pressure, acupuncture has been found practically painless by most patients who receive it. Because it has a general regulatory effect on the the nervous system, acupuncture affects all systems in the body. Through its stimulation of the release of endorphins, natural morphine that is 200 times more powerful than morphine itself, acupuncture produces a state of deep relaxation and relief of pain.
By stimulating chemicals in the serotonin-dopamine pathway, it further enhances anti-anxiety, anti-anti-depressant, and sleep-inducing effects. White blood cells are also released that have anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and anti-infection effects.
Thus, the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health have recommended acupuncture for no-risk, effective treatment of a wide variety of orthopedic, neurological, gynecological, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and psychological conditions.
These include arthritis, neck and back strain, headaches and jaw pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Bell’s Palsy, shingles, menstrual cramping, menopausal hot flashes, allergies and sinus congestion, bronchitis, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, chronic fatigue, attention deficit disorder, high blood pressure, peripheral neuropathy, Raynaud’s Syndrome, infertility, sexual dysfunction, anxiety and depression.