Ever wonder how acupuncture works?

In answering, how acupuncture works, I can't speak from the position of an acupuncturist or an acupuncture doctor, but only from my own personal experiences with it.

In all the reading I've done on acupuncture I've learned that there seems to be an Eastern and a Western explanation on how it works.

The Eastern explanation of how acupuncture works

The Eastern explanation is rooted in ancient acupuncture, going back thousands of years.

The understanding of how acupuncture works has evolved through the years but going back to ancient acupuncture the description of how it works has very much remained the same.

This ancient theory is to regulate the circulation of qi (pronounced chee ... which is vital energy) and blood. These lines of circulation (called meridians) go from organ to organ. When a blockage occurs in this meridian it causes the flow of qi to be obstructed, causing a pain or disease.

The insertion of acupuncture needles to different depths along these meridian lines helps to increase the flow and return it to normal.

Sometimes results happen right away and sometimes it takes repeated treatments over a period of time.

The Western explanation

The Western explanation of how acupuncture works is that these points, located on channels of circulation, are electrically sensitive.

Inserting acupuncture needles at these points stimulate sensory receptors that transmit, through nerves, impulses to the brain.

This stimulation releases neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain killing hormones.

For this reason many use acupuncture for headaches, arthritis, back pain, infertility and P.M.S. Acupuncture relaxes the whole body and works well for depression.

Other physical effects experienced include decreased inflammation, increased circulation, relief of muscle spasms and a rise in T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.

Here's a list of some of the problems that acupuncture can help with...

• Pain of any kind

• Stress, depression and anxiety

• Inflammatory conditions

• Infertility

• Hormonal imbalances

• Chronic diseases that are not easily managed by Western medicine

• Digestive disorders

• Common colds

• Allergies and asthma

• Recovery from serious illness or surgery

• Supporting the body during cancer treatment

• Smoking cessation

• Neurological issues

• Autoimmune disorders

• Pediatric illnesses

• And many more

The particular clinic my wife and I went to is called East Nashville Community Acupuncture and it's part of a growing number of Community Acupuncture Clinics across the U.S. and worldwide. Be sure you watched the video above.

These clinics make treatments affordable as they charge on a sliding scale $15 to $35 per treatment. Some clinics my vary.

You decide what you want to pay based on your income; no questions asked. Their mission is to provide the best possible care and make it affordable to everyone.

You may be able to find one of these clinics in your area. Just type in a search `community acupuncture network` and then the city you live in.

See for yourself, how acupuncture works. I highly recommend acupuncture!

I personally have had in the vicinity of 24 acupuncture treatments.

It really doesn't matter to me if someone wants to refer to the Eastern or Western explanation of how acupuncture works, the fact is that after, and during, every single treatment I had, my experience was positive and empowering.

I got results!

I don't want to mislead you. I did get results, however not for the main complaint I was addressing. I went to them with a tough problem. I was/am losing feeling in my right arm and it felt/feels cold all the time.

There was only a chance that the acupuncture might help the problem. My problem stems from nerve damage due to the radiation exposure in my treatments, back in 1990.

My acupuncture treatments were 2-3 times a week over a 2-3 month period. I could have continued but I stopped. I've read testimonies from others who were treated for longer periods of time, as much as 6-8 months or more before they started seeing results.

I did get to see how acupuncture works on me as a whole.

I never did leave the acupuncture clinic feeling like I had wasted my time and neither did my wife who was also trying acupuncture for headaches. Her headaches disappeared and each one of us had varying positive experiences while in the clinic and after.

Our treatments lasted, on the average, one and a half hours, and we could have stayed longer if we didn't have to leave and do other things. I always left there feeling energized, physically, mentally and it seemed to sharpen my creativity.

My sleep improved and my wife experienced similar things.

Check out these affordable Community Acupuncture Clinics. There may be one in your area.

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