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  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda
  • Chi Energy, Tai Chi, QiGong, Martial Arts
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Energy Healing / Reiki
  • Homeopathy
  • Meditation
  • Naturopathy
  • Plant-Based Nutrition
  • Psychic / Intuitive
  • Yoga
Where

Flatiron Acupuncture

 

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Acupuncture is an ancient therapy which involves using fine needles placed at specific points to maintain health and treat disease. With more and more people now looking for safer alternatives to drugs or surgery, acupuncture is increasing in popularity.

Here we take a look at how acupuncture works and just how safe it really is.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Despite being thousands of years old, scientists are only just beginning to understand exactly how acupuncture works. There is still a lot to discover, but we do know that acupuncture has an effect on the central nervous system, changing the way that the brain experiences pain. It triggers the release of chemicals called endorphins which work in a similar way to opioid painkillers. They not only relieve pain, but also promote a sense of physical and mental well-being.

Acupuncture also reduces inflammation, one of the leading causes of pain and many other serious medical conditions. It improves local circulation, meaning that the body is able to heal itself much more quickly than it normally would. It relaxes the muscles to reduce tension and calms the mind to relieve stress and anxiety.

In addition, acupuncture appears to have a positive influence over many of the body’s essential systems including digestion, immunity and reproduction.

Because acupuncture works gently with your body, not adding anything or taking anything away, it is generally considered very safe and can be used by people of all ages including pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Like all therapies, acupuncture does carry a small risk of adverse effects. These include light-headedness, fainting and minor bleeding or bruising at the needle site. However, these reactions are rare and compared with the risks of drugs or surgery, far less serious.

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