What Is Acupuncture and What Can it Treat?
Every patient at some point has wondered or asked, “How exactly does acupuncture work?” The mechanisms are complex, but idea is simple - every needle supports the body in a cascade of healing effects.
From a western medicine perspective, research shows that acupuncture:
regulates blood pressure
Increases endorphins and natural opioids
Blocks pain signals from forming
Increases blood circulation
Regulates the autonomic nervous system
From an eastern perspective, acupuncture addresses the flow of qi and blood in the body's meridians. We can look at acupuncture through a few different lenses. No matter which paradigm speaks to you, healing processes are happening.
Acupuncture has a long history of clinical experience. It also has a growing body of scientific research to prove that it is effective for treating a wide range of health conditions. You can read more about it by exploring the World Health Organization's list.
Here is a short snapshot of concerns acupuncture can treat:
NYC Specials: Insomnia, anxiety, depression, back pain, tension, stress, headaches, addiction recovery.
Digestive: IBS, ulcers, acid reflux, diarrhea and constipation, bloating, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis.
Musculoskeletal: post op/injury rehab, tendinitis, joint and muscle aches and pains, strains and sprains, repetitive stress injuries, TMJ, runner’s knee, tennis elbow, sciatica, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, numbness and tingling.
Women’s Health: PMS, painful and irregular periods, PCOS, menopause, fertility support, pregnancy support, hormonal acne.
Autoimmune + neurobiological: thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia.
Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, common cold.
This list is by no means comprehensive! If you don’t see your concerns here, send us an email. We’re always happy to discuss your specific concerns.