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Acupuncture






Acupuncture and herbal medicine are the two main components of a system of medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Recent research has shown acupuncture to be highly effective in treating a broad range of health problems. This research has also revealed some of the physiological mechanisms through which it works. The World Health Organization of the United Nations (WHO) now recognizes over 40 medical conditions that can be treated effectively by acupuncture. The National Institutes of Health released a consensus statement on acupuncture in 1999 that details several conditions effectively treated by acupuncture.

Recent studies have demonstrated some of the mechanisms through which acupuncture achieves results. Acupuncture causes the release of several naturally occurring substances in the body that facilitate healing and maintain the body's internal balance. One of these naturally occurring substances is endorphin; which helps eliminate pain, elevate mood and promote deep relaxation. Another substance released is cortisone, which reduces inflammation.

Acupuncture has also been shown to improve circulation throughout the body, increase oxygen levels in the brain, stimulate the body's immune response and influence the bioelectrical activity of the body.

Within the TCM system, acupuncture is understood to enhance and rebalance the flow of energy through the body. Disease and pain are perceived as disruptions in the flow of energy, from causes such as trauma, external disease causing agents, or improper diet or lifestyle. Acupuncture can increase the overall level of energy, or "unblock" the energy to reestablish its proper circulation.



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