What is acupuncture??

Eastern Medicine Explanation:

The Traditional Chinese Medicine explanation for what Acupuncture does is very different from Western medical language.  Simply, acupuncture promotes the circulation of the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced “chee”).  The circulation of Qi 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, pain, and disease arise when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked. ? ?The practice of acupuncture in eastern cultures dates back over 6000 years.

Western Medicine Explanation: ?

Definition of Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves inserting very small needles in specific points located on or near the surface of the skin.  Stimulating these specific points has the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

Explanation of How Acupuncture Works

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 base of the brain.

The brain responds by releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones.  Numerous scientific trials have documented that acupuncture treatments increase the circulation of endorphins in the body. These endorphins are our natural painkillers, shown to be 200 times more potent than morphine! Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for a wide range of clinical conditions.  Acupuncture has been used effectively for the treatment of chronic pain, such as lower back pain and arthritis, as well as for improving endocrine imbalances such as P.M.S. and infertility.

Acupuncture is also indicated for the relief of stress, anxiety, and insomnia.  The endorphins that are released as a result of acupuncture treatments not only relax the whole body, they also regulate serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is the primary neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood.  This is why psychological conditions such as addiction, depression and anxiety can also be successfully treated with acupuncture.

There has been significant scientific and clinical research conducted in attempt to document the physiological effects of acupuncture.  Some of the physiological changes observed throughout the body after acupuncture include increased circulation (visible on Doppler scans), decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.

Cosmetic Acupuncture:

At SNC, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to stimulate targeted healing and help relax tighten muscles as well as help tone weak muscles to reduce the appearance of find lines and wrinkles. Cosmetic Acupuncture takes a whole body approach to providing overall balance and restoration. This therapy can be used not only to naturally reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but can also help increase the duration of injectable therapies including Botox.