How It Works
The acupoints that are stimulated induce the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Studies have shown that some of the physiological effects of acupuncture are pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, antifebrile effects, immunoregulation and the promotion of tissue healing. Clinical trials have shown acupuncture to be effective in the following conditions:
Musculoskeletal problems: back pain, muscle soreness, degenerative joint disease, and osteoarthritis.
Other chronic conditions: geriatric weakness, cancer, and hospice care.
Generally, a minimum of 3-5 treatments, 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions is needed before one can expect notable improvement. Some results can be seen immediately, but usually, a few treatments are needed before lasting results are seen.
Acupuncture entails stimulation of specific points on the body with a thin sterile needle in order to cause a therapeutic effect.