How Acupuncture Works

Hands of the doctor doing acupuncture of ear

There are lots of new research out there regarding acupuncture and how it works. If you are a research nerd, I am happy to provide you with some specific research links. For those that don’t enjoy reading research, here are the nuts and bolts.

There are few of us that would not benefit from improved sleep, improved stress response, less pain, more energy and stabilized moods. Acupuncture can help with all these issues.

What you really need to know! The body truly wants to heal itself and the stimulus of the acupuncture needle promotes homeostasis and self-healing. Acupuncture points are in areas with higher concentration of superficial nerves, blood vessels, and neuromuscular attachments where vessels and nerves penetrate muscle fascia. It influences the nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system and immune system. Needling affects both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The signal stimulus from acupuncture needling creates a cascade of signaling throughout the connective tissue involving the blood, nerves and immune system. It stimulates a local and a centralized reaction. The local reaction involves sensory neurons in the skin being stimulated and the central reaction occurs when the signals reach the brain and spinal cord.

Overall acupuncture has many health benefits with very few side effects.

Let’s walk together toward health and balance.

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Written by Dr. Lexy Ballinger

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1996. I have specialized in the trauma/surgical ICU at a Level 1 trauma hospital for over 20 years.
In May of 2016, I started the Master’s program for Oriental Medicine at East West College of Natural Medicine and will be finished with the program in August of 2019. I have experience in acupuncture in a clinic setting with one on one treatment and community acupuncture.
Oriental medicine focuses on the individual and diagnosis is based on a detailed query of physical and emotional symptoms you are experiencing. Acupuncture is an umbrella term that covers the use of needles, gua sha (scraping), cupping, tui na (Chinese body work), and the use of herbal formulas to address the symptoms and the cause of your My goal is a collaborative effort, with you, to assist you to achieve less pain, reduce your anxiety, improve your sleep and improve your quality of life.

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