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Acupuncture is one of the many medical systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been employed for over 3,000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent various illnesses. Acupuncture can treat acute or chronic disorders to alleviate pain, improve recuperative capability, and strengthen the immune system. Acupuncture is performed by an expertly trained Acupuncturist through the insertion of a very thin sterile filiform needle at a specific point on the body to promote healing.

"If there is pain, there is no free flow. If there is free flow, there is no pain." -Chinese Proverb

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How Acupuncture Works

From a scientific perspective, acupuncture works through several mechanisms, including:


  1. Stimulation of the nervous system: Acupuncture has been shown to activate nerve fibers and trigger the release of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory chemicals, such as endorphins, in the body.

  2. Modulation of the immune system: Acupuncture has been shown to influence the activity of immune cells, such as T cells and cytokines, and help regulate the immune system.

  3. Regulation of blood flow: Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to specific areas of the body, which can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

  4. Activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis: Acupuncture has been shown to activate the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a complex network of hormones that helps regulate stress and physiological responses to stress.

  5. Alteration of brain activity: Acupuncture has been shown to alter brain activity, including changes in brain wave patterns and the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which can help regulate pain, mood, and sleep.

While the exact mechanism by which acupuncture activates the nervous system is not well understood, it is clear that this practice can have a significant impact on the nervous system and can help to reduce pain, improve circulation, and enhance overall well-being. Studies are being conducted to better understand the mechanisms of action of acupuncture and its effects on the nervous system.

Acupuncture Treatment Frequency

The frequency of follow-up acupuncture treatments can vary depending on the individual's condition and the severity of their pain. In general, it is recommended that patients receive follow-up acupuncture treatments once a week or every other week. However, some patients may need to receive treatments more frequently, while others may only need occasional maintenance treatments. The frequency of follow-up acupuncture treatments can be determined by the acupuncturist based on the patient's progress and response to treatment. It is important to communicate the needs and concerns with your acupuncturist to ensure that their treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs.

 Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Acute conditions: For acute conditions, follow-up treatments may be scheduled several times a week until the condition improves.

  2. Chronic conditions: For chronic conditions, follow-up treatments may be scheduled once or twice a week initially and then reduced to once or twice a month for maintenance.

  3. Maintenance phase: After the initial phase, follow-up treatments can be reduced to once or twice a month for maintenance purposes.

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Acupuncture History

The earliest documentation of acupuncture can be traced back to ancient China, with its formalization as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The most famous early text that describes acupuncture is the "Huangdi Neijing" (黄帝内经), also known as "The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine." This text is a foundational document of Chinese medicine and is believed to have been compiled around the late Warring States period to the early Han dynasty, which places it roughly between 475 BCE and 220 CE.


The "Huangdi Neijing" is divided into two parts: the "Suwen" (素问) or "Basic Questions" and the "Lingshu" (灵枢) or "Spiritual Pivot." The latter part is particularly focused on acupuncture, including theories on the flow of Qi (vital energy), the meridian system through which Qi flows, acupuncture points, and techniques. These texts laid the groundwork for the principles of acupuncture and its application in diagnosing and treating illnesses by regulating the flow of Qi in the body.


However, archaeological evidence suggests that the practice of acupuncture or similar techniques may have existed in some form even earlier. For example, sharpened stones and bones that date back to around 6000 BCE have been interpreted by some researchers as instruments for simple forms of acupuncture. Additionally, the discovery of the well-preserved mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman, who lived around 3300 BCE and was found with tattoo marks on acupuncture points of the body, suggests that practices resembling acupuncture were known in other parts of the world as well.

Despite these findings, the systematic and theoretical foundations of acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine are most comprehensively documented in the "Huangdi Neijing" from the early Han dynasty, making it the earliest definitive text on the subject.

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