Acupuncture is one of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of healing that has been around for a few thousand years. In the last 60 years, countless studies and millions of dollars in research have scientifically proven the effectiveness of this practice. Eastern Medicine Center offers acupuncture therapy, Herbal remedies, and other treatments at our clinic for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Scottsdale & Phoenix Arizona.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, filiform needles through the skin at specific points on the body with the intention of manipulating Qi (energy). The filiform needles are solid, as opposed to the hollow hypodermic needles most people are familiar with, and are usually made of stainless steel, but can also be gold or silver.
How does it work?
According to TCM, Qi flows through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 361 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations will bring the energy flow back into balance.
Most patients feel pleasantly relaxed and refreshed after an acupuncture treatment. Patients who were experiencing pain before the acupuncture session are often pleasantly surprised to find their discomfort greatly reduced after the treatment.
A 2017 review suggests that many acupuncture points are at sites where stimulation can affect the activity of multiple sensory neurons. These sites are also known as receptive fields.
The physical stimulation of needle insertion at these sites may affect pain processing in the central nervous system and muscles and increase blood flow to certain parts of the body.