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Acupuncture in New York City, NY

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New York City Acupuncture Treatments and Therapies

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It works by activating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. By stimulating acupuncture points throughout the body you can improve digestion, reduce stress, treat hormonal imbalance, help relieve chronic pain and so much more. It acts to balance and rebuild the body’s life force or energy known as “Qi” (pronounced “chee”).

What to Expect

Acupuncture is performed by placing very thin needles into your skin at certain points and leaving them there for a short while as you rest to help influence your energy flow. For most people, the effect is nearly painless and most often instills a sense of peace and tranquility. After a comprehensive intake of your health concerns, your practitioner will ask you to lie down while they place the needles, which are single-use, non-toxic, disposable, and sterile. At Naturna, we will often treat both sides of your body in order to maximize the possibility for healing.

How Does it Work?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chi, or vital energy, flows in the body through pathways called meridians. As specific points get stimulated during treatment, the flow of energy becomes regulated, helping relieve imbalance and heal the body from illness. Acupuncture, when performed correctly, is a safe, relaxing, and stress-free way to reduce pain in all parts of the body.

Acupuncture empowers the body to heal itself by clearing away toxins, stimulating circulation, boosting immunity and healing imbalances throughout the body. In traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, it is believed that our chi flows through unique pathways in our bodies called meridians. Specific pressure points exist along these meridians where acupuncture needles can be inserted to treat specific ailments and eliminate disease.

The Science Behind Acupuncture

The ancient acupuncture system that professionals utilize today is in close sync with modern notions about the human nervous system. According to the latest brain research, nerve impulses carry sensory messages to and from the part of the brain where commands are initiated in order to create a desired effect. When these important sensory pathways become blocked through lack of energy, pain, or illness, acupuncture can reopen and reactivate the communication route, thus stimulating function of the various systems in the brain and body.

Medical evidence shows that the body’s natural painkillers such as endorphins and peptide opioids are released during acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture also stimulates the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, resulting in a broad range of systemic effects. Blood flow has also been shown to increase along with alterations in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Many research studies have shown that acupuncture therapy also positively impacts the immune system.

The Origin of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is among the oldest of all the healing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices throughout the world. It first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It did not become popular in the United States until the early ‘70s when President Nixon opened relations with China. While visiting a Chinese hospital, Nixon was amazed to meet a patient having open heart surgery using acupuncture in lieu of anaesthesia. Today, the practice of acupuncture has also spread throughout the world. It is widely accepted as an effective and trusted method of treatment for a variety of conditions.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is just like any other medical treatment: backed by clinical research. The World Health Organization lists over one hundred conditions that acupuncture has been clinical proven to treat effectively, ranging from specifically diagnosed medical conditions to lesser understood ailments. Naturna Practitioners are skilled at treating a variety of conditions such as headaches, back pain, anxiety, insomnia, digestive trouble, skin issues, hormonal imbalance, infertility, allergies and autoimmune issues. To learn more about the various areas that acupuncture can treat, click on the following links.