Acupuncture Jacksonville NC
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny filliform needles (flexible, thin, solid) needles into precise locations on the body to produce a healing, regulatory, or pain-relieving effect. It has been a traditional practice for thousands of years throughout Asia, todays acupuncture has come a long way from it's original practice: Today acupuncturists use sterile, disposable needles made of stainless steel and may employ such innovations as electrical stimulation or lasers to stimulate the acupuncture points.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture, when administered by an experienced licensed acupuncturist is not painful. Acupuncturists use special techniques to insert needles quickly and gently with minimal sensation. Most of the time, the needling is not even felt.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture relieves pain by reducing local inflammation, increasing circulation, increasing feel-good chemicals like endorphins, and re-setting the brain's proprioception and nociception. Acupuncture stimulates the immune system, improves gut motility, regulates hormones, and calms the nervous system.
Where do you put the needles?
Sometimes we put the needles in acupuncture points located near the painful or diseased area. Other times we needle areas along the same meridian or channel that connects with that area. Interestingly, the most commonly used points are areas of maximum differentiation during embryonic development. It stands to reason that such precise points might remain areas of high import even in the adult body.
What are meridians or channels?
"Meridian" is the original term used for certain pathways in the body when acupuncture was first introduced to the west. These pathways are not to be confused with nerves or blood vessels, although the channels do tend to correspond with the pathways and branches of major blood vessels. The channels are located in the fasciae, or connective tissue around your muscles, tendons, and bones. This tissue is fluid filled and rich in collagen, which has special conductive properties under the right conditions.
What kind of training do acupuncturists have?
A licensed acupuncturist will have over 3,000 hours of training in both western and eastern medicine, and close to 1,000 hours of clinical training in acupuncture needling techniques and practice. Our standards for Acupuncture Jacksonville NC are very high, however the exact requirements vary from state to state, but there is a national certification board that ensures some consistency throughout the country.