How Acupuncture Works

You are probably reading this right now because you want to know more about acupuncture and whether it is the right treatment option for you.  You may have symptoms your doctor is not able to diagnose or you may have a complicated condition with many layers that Western medical treatments have not been able to help.  You may have everyday common complaints that you do not want to treat with medication that may create unwanted side effects.  If this you, acupuncture is an excellent treatment option.

Acupuncture can help you feel more energetic, emotionally balanced and resistant to stress even when you do not have any specific medical complaints.

Acupuncture

  • Increases circulation: Acupuncture enhances the flow of fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to areas of injury to speed healing, flush out waste products and toxins and move stagnant blood (such as bruising).
  • Releases muscle tension and pain: By accessing trigger points within the muscle tissue, acupuncture helps the muscle release pain and tension.  Trigger points are well documented areas of tenderness in the muscle fibers.  When trigger points are stimulated with an acupuncture needle or finger pressure, tension is released.  Pain is a complex issue and acupuncture is highly effective in treating it.  Read more about Trigger point therapy here and check out the research on acupuncture for pain here.
  • Produces Endorphins:  Endorphins are the bodies own natural opiate-like chemicals that reduce pain, relieve stress and give some people a euphoric feeling.
  • Reduces stress:  Acupuncture helps to regulate some hormones and reduce some hormones like cortisol.  Stress hormones are necessary in small amounts but with our fast paced lifestyle and toxins in the environment, most o fus have far too much cortisol pumping through our bodies.  Stress hormones cause damage on all cellular levels: they age us, can cause sleep disturbances, weight gain, appetite disruption and emotional imbalances.  Reducing the systemic responses caused by stress hormones is extremely important in treating poor health concerns.  
  • Stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System:  The parasympathetic nervous system is known as the “rest and digest” system.  When we are in parasympathetic mode, our body rebuilds and nourishes areas that need attention.  Acupuncture helps the body shift into the parasympathetic so healing can happen.
  • Regulates the Immune System: Acupuncture can stimulate the production of red and white blood cells and bolster the bodies defenses against colds, flus, allergies, autoimmune conditions and inflammation.
  • Reduces Inflammation:  Acupuncture regulates the inflammatory response by increasing circulation, producing endorphins, reducing stress and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.  Inflammation is a normal response to tissue damage but due to poor diet and unrelieved stressors, many of us have a chronic inflammatory response.  Inflammation has been said to be the root of all disease.  Less inflammation therefore equals a longer, healthier life.

Heather Seay

Heather Seay, L.Ac., MSAOM, is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Utah as well as a National Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. She specializes in fertility, women's health, pediatrics and facial rejuvenation.

James Seay

James Seay, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Utah. He has been licensed since 1997 and has a wide range of experience in the massage therapy field. James blends many styles into the massage he gives. His specialties include orthopedic, Thai massage, sport and injury specific, deep lymphatic, Swedish and cranial sacral.

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