What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of supporting the body/mind systems in their own natural healing processes. Originating in East Asia over 2,000 years ago and perhaps much earlier than that, in its modern practice acupuncture forms a part of a rational, personalized, evidence-based system of effective healthcare. In addition to being used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine often titled as “Licensed or Certified Acupuncturists”, acupuncture is practiced by some Western medical doctors, veterinarians, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals to treat people and animals with a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. Worldwide, well over one million healthcare practitioners use acupuncture to ease the suffering and restore the health and well-being of their patients.

How Does Acupuncture Work

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific spots to stimulate the body to heal itself. By stimulating specific points on the body with heat, pressure, or very fine needles, acupuncture practitioners are able to restore healthy function, which help resolve symptoms and often reverses disease.

In terms of physiology and biochemistry, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate nerves and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system including regulation of key areas of the brain. This improved function results in the body producing its own natural chemicals involved in pain relief and the reduction of inflammation as well as releasing neurotransmitters that create a feeling of relaxation and well-being. Advanced techniques such as fMRI brain imaging and proteomics (proteins produced in a cell or tissue type) are continuing to add to a deeper understanding of how acupuncture helps the body to heal itself.

Who Dr. Thompson Can Help

Individuals with chronic or complex illnesses who are willing to integrate acupuncture into their treatment plan
Individuals seeking general wellness or relief from common ailments such as neck and back pain
Individuals seeking help for specific issues such as infertility and anxiety or depression
Individuals committed to healing/feeling/functioning better who have the resources (financial and time) to try a new approach

Individuals willing to be committed to the process – multiple treatments can be required for results

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