Acupuncture involves inserting very fine single-use sterile needles into very specific points on the body’s surface.
Acupuncture originated in China and is one of the most ancient forms of natural medicine with its practice being over 5,000 years old.
According to ancient text the practice of acupuncture counteracts any internal imbalances and smooths the flow of your body’s energy or “qi”.
Modern research supports that Acupuncture works on a neurohormonal level via it’s influence on the Nervous system. The insertion of the acupuncture pins stimulates the nervous system, this then sends a message to regions of the brain such as the Hypothalamus to trigger the release of a variety of hormones. These hormones then contribute to healing via many processes such as reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, improving sleep and increasing energy levels.
Research is also suggesting that Acupuncture works on reducing the amount of pro-inflammatory markers (such as TNF) in the body. Through reducing these markers both inflammation and the associated pain is reduced.
Acupuncture has been found to be effective in the treatment of many conditions. In 2003 The World Health Organisation, WHO, published a review of clinical trials on the effect of Acupuncture. The review included 28 major conditions that Acupuncture was found to be an effective. These conditions range from Sciatica, Headaches, Knee Pain, Depression, Hay-fever, Morning Sickness and so much more.