Acupuncture in Fountain Valley
An Ancient Practice with Many Modern Benefits
Many people think of acupuncture as a “new age” treatment, but the practice goes back many centuries. The first documentation of acupuncture took place in China in about 100 BCE. As the years went by, acupuncture became one of the standard practices in China and is now backed by modern healthcare. One study published in The Journal of Pain, U.S. Association for the Study of Pain concluded that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of chronic pain and that the benefits of acupuncture are long-lasting.
Acupuncture works by penetrating the skin with thin needles. When you visit a Fountain Valley acupuncturist like the ones on our team at Coast Physical Medicine, we will insert these needles and activate them with gentle movements that stimulate the central nervous system. The tradition of acupuncture states that energy flows through the body, and we can channel that energy to obtain optimal balance and health. The qi moves through the body along twelve channels called meridians. Acupuncture can be used to help treat a variety of conditions related to pain, such as:
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Sports injuries
- Gastrointestinal disorders
Due to the fact that there are hundreds of acupoints in the body and 14 main meridians, there are a variety of ways we can utilize this treatment for the patient’s ultimate benefit. It is common for patients to be afraid of needles, but with these treatments, needles are actually a positive thing. The needles we use in these treatments stimulate the body’s existing systems to react to an illness, rebalance the body, and release healthy chemicals like endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers, as well as neurotransmitters, which control nerve impulses.
We will begin your appointment by discussing your condition with you and examining the areas that might require acupuncture. If we determine that you could benefit from an acupuncture treatment, we will use needles that are completely safe, sterile, and thin, and we will insert them at various specific points throughout your body. You might feel a small prick with each needle, but the pain will be relatively minor. If you feel a numbing sensation, it means the treatment is doing its job.
Benefits of Acupuncture
After two or three sessions, you should start to notice improvements in specific areas. You will eventually observe an overall sense of wellness that will reflect in your psychological and physical health. Some of these benefits include:
- Mood enhancement
Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective form of stress relief. It can help improve emotional and mental well-being, and it can ease symptoms associated with mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. When the energy of the body is depleted or blocked, we lose our ability to regulate daily energy. Acupuncture supports the healthy movement of energy in the body, discharges pent-up stress to induce relaxation, improves sleep, and resolves mood swings.
- Headache relief
Acupuncture can help reduce the frequency of headaches and migraines. If you do not respond well to drugs prescribed to prevent headaches or migraines, acupuncture can be a good alternative. A study by the American Migraine Foundation found that the frequency of headache is dropped by 50% or more in up to 59% of individuals receiving acupuncture. This effect can persist for more than six months.
- Sleep quality improvement
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat insomnia in China. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can have a beneficial effect on insomnia compared with Western medication. The practice helps quiet the mind, increases relaxation, and decreases stress to promote sleep. It can also help increase the release of natural melatonin in the body to help improve sleep.
- Energy boost
Acupuncture can be used to calm yang energy and stimulate yin energy. It is said to be effective because it directly affects qi energy and works quickly. These pathways create an energy flow throughout the body that is responsible for overall health. Disrupting this energy flow can cause disease, and by applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health.
- Blood pressure control
Acupuncture effectively lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure during the treatment period with minimal or no side effects. Studies have also suggested that acupuncture can lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Allergy reduction
As acupuncture improves immunity through circulation of the body’s energy, treatment for allergies are focused at the front of the body. By stimulating the defensive qi in this area, the body can naturally improve immunity and work to lessen the onset of allergic reactions.
- Digestive support
Acupuncture points can specifically aid in digestive function and help to speed up the metabolism, reduce gastric acid secretion, and regulate small and large intestinal function. If you are someone who struggles with bloating and other digestive issues, acupuncture might be a great solution for you. Through needles over the abdomen, acupuncture increases microcirculation in this area and mitigates local inflammation. Acupuncture can also benefit digestion as well as relieve gas and bloating.
To learn more about the benefits of acupuncture and whether this treatment is right for you, call Coast Physical Medicine at (714) 450-7003 or contact us online.
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