BR Acupuncture

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which involves the insertion of fine, sterile, disposable stainless-steel needles into specific points on the body known as acupuncture points. The acupuncture points are located on the meridians, where Qi (vital energy of the body) flows through to provide the body with strength and nourishment. Acupuncture needles are inserted to the selected acupuncture points to regulates a harmonious and balanced flow of Qi throughout the body.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself. Fine needles are inserted in specific points on the body, stimulating the vital energy of the body, Qi. By adjusting the flow of Qi in the body, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts and enable your body to heal itself.

In Western biomedical theory, it is suggested that acupuncture works by stimulating the release of natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. Numerous scientific studies and controlled clinical trials have been done to measure and explain the effects of acupuncture. The results of these studies have shown that acupuncture: stimulates endorphin release, increases blood circulation, regulates reproductive hormones, alters pain receptor-pathways, and reduces inflammatory responses.


Is Acupuncture Safe?

When administered by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is an extremely safe way to treat a variety of ailments and diseases. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA. Few cases of pneumothorax, nerve damage and infection have been reported as resulting from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments.

At Acupuncture Wellness Center, we exclusively use pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable needles which are promptly discarded after each use. Every practitioner has completed extensive training in anatomy to avoid accidentally inserting a needle in a place that can cause damage.


Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, solid, and flexible which makes acupuncture treatment virtually painless.

Sensations that patients normally experience are a dull ache, heaviness, distention, tingling, or warmth that travels above or below the needles. These sensations are desired affects from the movement of energy (Qi) stimulated by the insertion of needles. Many people do not even feel the needles being inserted. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, and many fall asleep during treatment.


Acpuncture Needles

When people think of needles, they usually think of hypodermic needles, the type used to give blood

But acupuncture needles are extremely thin, solid, and flexible.

A hypodermic needle also has a very blunt point in comparison to an acupuncture needle.

40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle.

  acupuncture needle needles

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  Pain   Cancer   Weight Loss  
  Sports injuries, arthritis, back pain, headaches, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, and more...   Various cancer symptoms, side effects of radiation treatments and chemotherapy, and more...   Nutritional counseling, lifestyle modification, reduce craving, reduce stress, and more...  
  Cardiovascular   Gastrointestinal   Respiratory  
  High blood pressure, high cholesterol, angina, Raynaud's syndrome, and more..   Acid reflux, GERD, IBS, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, and more...   Allergies, sinusitis, asthma, cold and flu, COPD, bronchitis, and more...  
  Gynecology   Infertility   Pregnancy  
  Menstrual irregularity, PMS, menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and more...   Male infertility, female infertility, IUI / IVF and other ART support, and more...   Morning sickness, breech presentation, post partum support, and more...  
  Andrology   Genitourinary   Endocrine  
  Erectile dysfunction, impotence, prostatitis, BPH, male infertility, and more...   Urinary incontinence, painful urination, UTI, yeast infection, kidney stones, and more...   Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, diabetes (type I and II), and more..  
  Dermatology   Neurology   Mental / Emotional  
  Acne, skin rashes, dermatitis, eczema, hives, rosacea, scars, psoriasis, and more...   Trigerminal neuralgia, Bell's palsy, seizures, tremors, neuropathy, shingles, and more...   Stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance addictions, and more...  
  Pediatrics   Facial Rejuvenation   Other Conditions  
  Chronic cold, infection, digestive disturbances, autism, ADD, and more...   Wrinkles, sagging skin, facial puffyness, dark circles under the eyes, and more...   Smoking cessation, stroke recovery, Alzhiemer, HIV / AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more...