Welcome to New Orleans Acupuncture.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points. The most common methods used to stimulate the points are the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Otherstimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and liniments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
Acupuncture is like getting your "reset" button hit. From a Western medicine perspective, it stimulates the release of serotonin and endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for physical, emotional, and mental health, thus enabling the body to stay in a state of balance more easily. Endorphins are analgesic and produce a general feeling of well-being.