Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and has been used in humans for thousands of years. Life energy (Chi) which consists of the eternal opposites Yang (positive) and Yin (negative), flows through the body in Meridians. These meridians run close to the surface of the body at specific points - acupuncture points. Stimulating these points is what achieves the effect.
The ancient Chinese believe that illness is a state of imbalance or a blockage of the normal energy flow of the body. Acupuncture will restore the flow to normal.
Specific points are stimulated by either inserting fine, sterile needles, by using finger pressure or sometimes using laser or electric current. This then enables self healing.
· Muscle soreness; neck, back, shoulders, hindquarters
· Digestive problems
· Respiratory problems
· Poor immunity
How does it work?
There is some debate about this but current thinking includes ........
The needles stimulate the nerve endings which then transmit an impulse to the spinal cord and on to the brain. The brain will then send messages to the nervous and endocrine systems leading to the release of neurotransmitters and hormones. These include endorphins - which are natural painkillers and serotonin which can block incoming pain signals from reaching the brain and spinal cord. However, the needles can also increase the blood flow to the immediate area which will aid healing.
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