From a western perspective, acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system and initiate chemical signals to the brain, spinal cord, organ systems, and muscles. The results of acupuncture treatments alleviate pain, prevent disease, and boost the immune system.
From an eastern perspective, acupuncture is based on a theory of channels that acknowledges the importance of the human body as a whole rather than a series of independent parts. Channels protect the body and prevent deeper penetration of external and internal pathogens (disease) from the most superficial to the deepest part of the body.
Channels transmit acupuncture stimulation from the acupuncture point to the location of the diseased area. Acupuncture points may be stimulated with acupuncture needles, cupping, massage, heat, or pressure to regulate the whole channel.
When you come in and describe a primary concern, our job is to identify the channels and points that may be used to treat those signs and symptoms. The elegance of navigating a complex system is to select the exact points that will promote immediate effects and gradual improvements over time. It’s common when you begin to heal that other symptoms will resolve along with your primary concern.