Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on channels on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. Commonly, it uses other methods like electronic stimulation, aqua-acupuncture, and moxibustion in addition to needling. Acupoints are areas on the body where there is a high density of nerve endings and blood and lymphatic vessels. Research has shown that stimulating these acupoints releases substances that have anti-inflammatory and restorative effects in the body.
Studies show that acupuncture is useful in treating many conditions including arthritis, muscle soreness and pain, back problems like IVDD, seizures, diarrhea, constipation, skin problems, asthma, chronic liver and kidney disease, geriatric weakness, Cushing’s disease, reproductive problems and pain relief in hospice situations.