What Is Acupuncture

How It Works

History

Acupuncture in the 21st Century

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What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture improves flow of oxygen (Qi), blood (Xue) and nutrients (Ying) to nourish every cell, organ and physiological system of the body.  Impaired flow of blood and oxygen causes Blood Stagnation, which prevents the body from functioning properly, resulting in disease, pain, inability to heal, and emotional disturbances. Acupuncture dilates blood vessels to improve blood flow, which improves organ function, relieves pain, and minimizes aging.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system by activating sensory nerves that travel through the skin, along the spine and into the brain, stimulating the release of opioids to shut off pain signals and eliminate pain.

 

How it Works

Acupuncture works by improving the flow of blood and oxygen, which improves the health and functionality of blood vessels, organs and the nervous system. People who have regular Acupuncture feel great, look great, and have a greater ability to let things slide.  We get sick less frequently and take fewer, or no, medications.

And all without drugs or side effects.

A multitude of scientific studies using modern techniques such as MRI, show that Acupuncture modulates areas of the brain which initiate changes in bodily functions. Likewise, specific Acupuncture points in the body, are seen to stimulate specific areas of the brain. These effects continue to work over hours and days, and the effects are cumulative.

 

History

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been practiced in China for thousands of years, and then spread through Asia including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam, later reaching Europe.  In the 1800s Chinese railroads workers brought it to the United States, as did subsequent Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants in the decades that followed. In more recent NY history of the 60’s and 70’s, members of the Black Panthers studied with Chinese Doctors at Lincoln Hospital to find an effective way to detox community members from the heroin and methadone, and this Detox Acupuncture is widely used around the world today, to treat Addictions in all communities.

Chinese Medicine therapies include Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion (moxa), Electric Stimulation, and Gua Sha. These are relatively safe with few if any side effects when practiced by a licensed provider. They are gentle, yet incredibly effective.

 

Acupuncture in the 21st Century

Acupuncturists are employed by top hospitals including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Lutheran Hospital Brooklyn, The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, UCSF, Stanford, and Kaiser Permanente. The Cleveland Clinic has an entire Chinese herbal pharmacy. All of the top research and teaching hospitals, as well as the NIH, conduct ongoing research. Acupuncture is used regularly in the US military and at VA hospitals, and is on its way into the public health system. All major insurance carriers have policies that cover acupuncture treatments. No-Fault insurance includes unlimited Acupuncture treatments.