Acupuncture has helped billions of people and has been the primary source of health care in China for more than 2,500 years. Both the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health recognize acupuncture to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions.
Do the Needles Hurt?
All Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and are used only once. Dr. Cheshire uses the nationally recognized clean needle technique to ensure the highest patient care. Insertion of Acupuncture needles is usually a painless procedure. There are three things that make Acupuncture pain free. The first is the shape of the needle. Unlike a hypodermic needle that is designed like a knife to cut through the skin, an Acupuncture needle is pointed like a pine needle. This type of needle called a filiform needle is said to push the skin away making insert virtually painless. The second is the brand of the needle. Dr. Cheshire uses only the highest quality, smoothest stainless steel needles available. The third is needling technique. Not everyone inserts a needle the same way. Dr. Cheshire spent years studying painless needling techniques with a Japanese Master.
From an Oriental Standpoint:
Acupuncture is a Chinese system of health care based on energy pathways called meridians, these meridians carry blood and Qi to all of the body’s organs. Qi is best described as “life force”. A simple description of Qi is the life force that makes a seed sprout through the soil and become a plant. All living things contain Qi. From an Oriental Perspective an Acupuncturist is increasing Qi and blood to the organs to balance and harmonize the body or they are moving blocked Qi through meridians to alleviate pain.
From a Western Scientific View:
Most major acupuncture points are over nerve plexuses (areas where nerves meet) or over vascular plexuses (areas where veins meet). Acupuncture relaxes muscle tension. It increases circulation of blood, thereby reducing inflammation. It releases the body’s natural opioids (pain killers) into the central nervous system to reduce pain. Acupuncture points are conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating these points release biochemicals such as endorphins, enkephalin and immune system cells into the body. Acupuncture can alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. It has been documented to affect parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body function such as immune reactions, blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature. Acupuncture has been proven time and time again to be effective in clinical trials. Studies have been published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Rheumatology and Arthritis, The British Journal of Medicine, The Mayo Clinic, Harvard University and many more. Some of the recent studies have proven Acupuncture is effective for lower back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, infertility, painful menstruation, headaches (including migraines), chronic pain syndromes, drug addiction, nausea from chemotherapy and TMJ.