Acupuncture NYC is an ancient but still very popular medical treatment in the world today.  Acupuncture originated from the Chinese and is part of a collection of ancient treatments called traditional Chinese medical (TCM).  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles on meridian points.  Each meridian associates with one organ or a bunch of organs.  What acupuncture does is to bring back good health by taking away energy blockages and imbalances in the body by using very thin needles to release blocked energy and restore balance in the body.  Acupuncture is probably more than 2,000 years old and it uses the body to help with its own healing process.  The record of success of acupuncture is very good and countless number of researches has been done to prove its efficacy. Voluminous evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture has been compiled although the real problem for western medical science is proving beyond any doubt that acupuncture is indeed the cause of these benefits and treatments.  Acupuncture is a very popular option for treating low back pain, dental pain and nausea, especially post surgical nausea.  Acupuncture has also been observed to control brain activities and functions that lead to specific therapeutic results.

Acupuncturists believe in the all important energy called chi or vital force.  It is the normal unrestricted flow of chi that gives good health to the person.  Acupuncture needles are often made of stainless steel and are sterile when used.  People react to the insertion of the needles in varied ways.  Most patients do not feel any pain at all while others may experience a slight sensation or minimal pain during the insertion of needles in the skin.  Many people feel like newly charged batteries full of energy and revitalized while others feel the soothing comfort and pleasantness of the procedure that they fall asleep during the entire acupuncture session.  The risk of acupuncture can come when the practitioner performing the procedure is unqualified and inexperienced.  The consequence may be a needle insertion on the wrong meridian point, the lack of control of the patient’s movement which leads to erroneous needle insertion, painful needle insertion which can lead to bleeding and bruising due to wrong needle insertion technique or needles that are not sterilized which can lead to infection.  It is very important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist to avoid these kinds of problems.  Many medical experts believe that acupuncture has the ability to stimulate the production and release of biochemicals that help block pain called endorphins.  When the needle stimulates a nerve near the meridian points, the nerves may either cause a feeling of fullness or a dull ache in the muscles.  The muscles become stimulated and transmit a signal to the central nervous system which brings about the production and release of endorphins, which are the body’s very own painkillers.  Endorphins help block pain signals from reaching the brain.