David Thomason, Psy.D., M.P., L.Ac.
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Acupuncture applies traditional Chinese medical theory to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. The focus of acupuncture is to address the core issues of your problem.
Acupuncture promotes blood flow. Blood delivers key ingredients needed for healing including oxygen, nutrients absorbed from food, immune substances, hormones, and analgesics. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health. Blood flow decreases as we age and can be impacted by trauma, injury, and disease processes.
Acupuncture stimulates the body's innate healing mechanisms. It promotes a response that stimulates the body's ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous, immune, and endocrine system activation. Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalins are released. It reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain. Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, promoting blood flow.
Acupuncture reduces stress. Research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of hormones and signaling substances that regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Most people are familiar with this "fight or flight" response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system. This is the stress response that everyone experiences daily in our society. The parasympathetic nervous system has been called the "rest and digest" and also called the "calm and connect" system. Research implicates impaired parasympathetic function in a wide range of many chronic health conditions.