Acupuncture is a technique that involves inserting very thin metal needles into the skin at specific points on the body to clear energy channels in order to restore and maintain health. The insertion points are chosen based on a complex network of energy that primarily runs along pressure points. Acupuncture’s effects are explained differently in Western medicine. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, according to some Western scientists, stimulates the central nervous system, signaling the body to release various substances such as endorphins, immune system cells, opioids, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones. These may aid in pain control, altering how the body perceives pain, and promoting physical and emotional well-being. According to research, acupuncture may also influence involuntary central nervous functions such as blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature regulation. Acupuncture also has been used to treat other less-common physical ailments.
Acupuncture for digestive problems works by nourishing related organs, reducing stomach and pancreatic inflammation, and improving digestive functions. During a treatment, the practitioner will identify specific acupuncture points on the body, typically those that increase metabolism, increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation, decrease gastric acid secretion, regulate small and large intestine function, and restore normal stomach acidity levels.
Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
A stable emotional state can be hard to maintain and acupuncture can help to balance and regulate the emotion of anyone who is struggling with everyday life. Acupuncture stimulates the part of your nervous system which promotes a restful state. The brain and muscles are also relaxed, reducing stress throughout the whole body.
Acupuncture has the ability to reduce inflammation in muscles, joints, and even sinuses. Following an initial series of treatments, patients frequently experience immediate relief. Most patients reduce or eliminate their reliance on allergy medications by continuing acupuncture treatments. However, some patients who haven’t found success with allergy medication may see results with acupuncture therapy.
Acupuncture treatments help patients breathe easier, sleep better, and help their bodies to naturally feel less stress. If you are experiencing any of the above ailments, contact Dr. Durana at Seasons In Our Life to schedule an appointment. For more information about acupuncture therapy in the Bethesda or Reston areas, browse our blog.