Pivotal Acupuncture + Wellness San Diego
What is Acupuncture
In the last five years, acupuncture has slowly begun to trickle into mainstream awareness. Many states now cover acupuncture in their insurance plans and if you ask many people what acupuncture does, they will say pain relief. Well, they are right.
Acupuncture has three main functions in the body.
First, it restores homeostasis, meaning it helps the body to return to its natural state of internal stability. Think of the body’s internal temperature- if the body’s temperature drops too low, the body begins to shiver to activate muscles to increase its temperature. If the body’s temperature increases too much, the body will sweat to release heat. Acupuncture sets in motion this internal regulation system.
Secondly, acupuncture reduces inflammation. Acupuncture needles are very thin, some even as thin as a human hair. But nonetheless, they are still needles and the body registers the usually painless insertion of these needles as micro traumas. And when the body senses a micro trauma, it sends blood to that area.
This is the foundation of what makes acupuncture so effective: it promotes blood flow. Blood carries in it all of the body’s healing properties: nutrients from the food we eat, oxygen, anti-inflammatory agents, hormones, and the body’s very powerful painkilling agents. By promoting blood flow and increasing blood circulation, acupuncture is able to trigger the body’s own healing mechanisms to reduce inflammation.
And when we reduce inflammation, we reduce pain. This is the third function of acupuncture in the body.
Recent research has shown that many chronic diseases are a result of chronic inflammation. If we can tackle that inflammation, we can reverse disease. This is why acupuncture can address so many different diseases in the different systems of the body.
Specifically, acupuncture has positive effects on the gastrointestinal, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems.