Acupuncture

For thousands of years acupuncture has been used to manage a wide range of symptoms and treat many different medical conditions.

Besides its widely known effectiveness in pain control, acupuncture is often used to help with the management of stress, anxiety and depression. Acupuncture is recognized as a mode of recovery from various addictions and is particularly helpful with smoking cessation. Due to its emotional affect with stress management, acupuncture can often act as a supplemental treatment for serious health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and autoimmune disorders.

Acupuncture is used regularly for symptomatic relief of chronic conditions, such as:

  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Allergies
  • Back pain
  • Labor pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Dental pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Arthritis

There are particular trigger points that can be stimulated during an acupuncture session that are recognized to help with weight control, as well. Many patients involved in our weight loss program use acupuncture as an additional mode of support as they work towards reaching their weight loss goals.

The symptomatic benefits experienced from acupuncture vary for everyone. A lot of patients begin to sense a change immediately or after just a few treatment sessions while others require a long term treatment strategy before symptoms dissipate. The results depend on a collection of environmental and lifestyle factors, in addition to the severity and nature of the condition being treated.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on an ancient Chinese form of medicine that used thin needles to stimulate energy or Qi as it flowed through the meridians or pathways of the body. The traditional use of acupuncture dates back over 5,000 years and is still a popular form of therapy today.

Traditionally, disturbances of energy flow were believed to contribute to the development of disease. When inserted into strategic points throughout the body, acupuncture needles correct imbalances and restore health.

How Acupuncture Works

Though much concerning the practice of acupuncture remains close to its traditional values, the medical reasoning behind acupuncture is understood differently now. The points in the meridian where the needles are placed are now understood to correlate to nerves, muscles and connective tissue that, when pinpointed, can stimulate blood flow and boost the natural painkillers in your body.

Acupuncture relies on the stimulation of trigger points to manipulate how the body interprets pain and pleasure. The annexes at which the needles are inserted prompt the release of chemicals that reach the muscles, spinal cord and brain. By stimulating the central nervous system in this way, patients often feel pain relief and enhanced harmony between the body and mind.

For more information about acupuncture in East Brunswick, please contact us.