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Acupuncture: What Is It?

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Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions. The majority of people who seek out acupuncture do so for musculoskeletal problems, including lower back pain, shoulder stiffness, and knee pain. Acupuncture is generally only used in combination with other forms of treatment

Acupuncture is one of the oldest practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The traditional Chinese explanation is that the acupuncturist uses needles to change the flow of life energy (qi) that travel specific pathways or meridians in the body.  By moderating the flow of energy, the acupuncturist is able to help restore energy to areas that require more, or diminish the flow to areas that have an over-abundance.

Some studies suggest acupuncture causes a series of events within the central nervous system to release chemicals in the body.  This process can effect a release of  hormones or other biochemical components that can influence the body’s internal system of homeostasis.  More and more people are using acupuncture to assist the body in reducing pain and inflammation.